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Generating power from kites

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Andrew Smith (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) explains how kites can be used to generate power. Watch: BBC One ‘The One Show’ (from 21 mins 2 secs)

Fall in oil prices

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Professor Paul Ekins (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) discusses the fall in oil prices and the issues this has caused. Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘Today’ (from 1 hour 20 mins), More: BBC Radio 4 ‘News Briefing’ (from 9 mins 27 secs)

My Perfect Country: Estonia

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Professor Henrietta Moore (UCL Institute for Global Prosperity) looks at the digital revolution pioneered by the government in Estonia and asks whether something similar could work in other countries. Listen: BBC World Service ‘My Perfect Country’

Could a levy on air and shipping fuel sink emissions?

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Dr Tristan Smith (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) says the IMF wants a levy on ship and plane fuel, but that won't magically create low-carbon alternatives. Read: The Conversation

EU referendum: 'Brexit' poses huge risk to Britain's countryside, experts warn

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Professor Paul Ekins (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) has voiced concerns that Britain’s exit from the EU would lessen the UK’s voice in tackling global environmental concerns. Read: Independent

EDF delays nuclear plant decision

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) comments on EDF’s announcement that it will postpone its “final investment decision” on the Hinkley Point project. Read: Times (£)

The Museum of Curiosity

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Dr Hannah Fry (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) puts forward her entry for the Museum of Curiosity. Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘Museum of Curiosity’

Back to the street

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Research by Professor Bill Hillier (UCL Bartlett School of Architecture) suggests that the design of housing estates can contribute to social problems. Read: Economist

A third of Londoners are born abroad

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Explaining the growth in population of London, Professor Michael Batty (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) said: “It went down from about 8m to 6.6m over a period of about 30 years and the main reason was suburbanisation - suburban growth, people getting cars, changing transport and also slum clearance”. Read: Daily Mail

New Year Honours 2016

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Professor Georgina Mace (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment), Professor Henrietta Moore (UCL Institute for Global Prosperity), Professor Wendy Carlin (UCL Economics), Dr Sue Black (UCL Computer Science) and Elizabeth Jamieson (Head of Dyslexia at UCL) are among those from the UCL community recognised in the New Year Honours list. Read: THE (£), More: Times (£)

Future of energy

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Professor Tadj Oreszczyn (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) discusses energy demand and whether if we reduce this can we also reduce the amount of energy we need to produce in the first place. Listen: BBC World Service ‘Discovery’ (from 20 mins 35 secs)

Two crucial omissions that could jeopardise Paris climate hopes

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Following the Paris climate agreement, Dr Tristan Smith (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) explains why shipping and aviation need to rein in their emissions if we are to limit global warming. Read: The Conversation, More: Independent

Islands win a tougher climate deal

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Professor Michael Grubb (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) says the 1.5C target was not credible because it would require the government to raise energy prices and build thousands of onshore wind farms. Read: Times (£), More: Telegraph, New Scientist

Climate change talks near to deal

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Professor Paul Ekins (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) explains the policy changes that have been made regarding carbon emissions. Watch: Channel 4 ‘Channel 4 News’ (from 1 min 40 secs)

How a global solar alliance can help developing countries

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In an opinion piece, Dr Xavier Lemaire (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) explains why strength in numbers matters in the world of solar energy. Read: The Conversation

Building greener ships, to keep the sea from rising

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Commenting on carbon dioxide emissions from ships, Dr Tristan Smith (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) said: “It doesn’t feel that the industry is under any scrutiny, it’s so invisible to the general public”. Read: NY Times

The path to a low carbon future

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Professor Paul Ekins (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) comments on the challenges of removing carbon from electricity generation. Read: New Statesman

Why we need a ‘space race’ approach to saving the planet

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Christopher Grainger (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) explains why we should battle climate change in a similar way to the space race. Read: The Conversation, More: Gizmodo

India seeks to balance development with need for clean energy

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Professor Michael Grubb (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) says that a hard cap on India's carbon emissions is essentially "out of the question" based on Modi's rhetoric and the developmental needs of the country. Read: LA Times

The government hates renewables, and energy consumers will pay the price

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In an opinion piece, Professor Paul Ekins (UCL Bartlett School Environment, Energy & Resources) questions who would want to take part in the UK energy economy when the government keeps changing the rules. Read: The Conversation

Big search finds Vermeer’s 'Little Street'

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Professor Philip Steadman (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) believes that Vermeer’s Het Straatje was painted from an inn on the Market Square in Delft, rather than the recently suggested Vlamingstraat. Read: Telegraph

UK Government's energy policy 'reset' is damaging

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Professor Paul Ekins (UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources) says cuts to renewables and a new programme to build more gas-fired power stations is damaging for investors and means the UK is unlikely to meet its carbon reduction targets. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Today' (from 1 hour 18 mins), Read: BBC News, The Telegraph, The FT (£), Times (£), New Scientist, Listen: BBC Radio 2 'Simon Mayo' (from 26 mins 13 secs)

Rise of the machines

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Alisa Andrasek (UCL Bartlett School of Architecture) says that she predicts that advanced computation will and must synthesise with the architect’s traditional role. Read: Architects Journal

The megacity challenge

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Commenting on the rapid growth of cities into global powerhouses, Professor Julio Davila (UCL Development Planning Unit) says: ““Growth and how to manage it is a huge challenge in sub-Saharan Africa, in large parts of Asia including India and, right now, in China”. Read: Public Finance International

Hinkley Point nuclear reactor

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) discusses whether we need a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point and China General Nuclear Power's involvement. Listen: BBC Radio 5 live ‘5 live Breakfast’ (from 1 hour 13 mins), More: BBC WM 95.6 'Adrian Goldberg' (from 1 hour 40 mins), BBC Radio 4 'PM' (from 23 mins 10 secs)

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