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Grenfell: Hansford to lead industry inquiry

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Former government chief construction adviser, Professor Peter Hansford (UCL Bartlett) is to carry out an independent review into the Grenfell Tower tragedy, commissioned by the Institution of Civil Engineers. Read: Construction News

Is desk-bound work making us obese? 

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Professor Alexi Marmot (UCL Bartlett School of Graduate Studies) explains that public health guidance says we should do a lot less sitting and a lot more movement. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Analysis' (from 11 mins 15 secs)

Eritrea capital Asmara makes World Heritage list

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Edward Denison (UCL Bartlett School of Architecture) explains why Eritrean capital Asmara deserves the UNESCO award of World Heritage status. Listen: BBC World Service ‘Newshour’ (from 37 mins 41 secs), More: Guardian

London LGBTQ+ venues have more than halved in past decade

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A study, conducted by Dr Ben Campkin (Director, UCL Urban Laboratory) and Laura Marshall (UCL Urban Laboratory), has found that the number of LGBTQ+ venues in London has fallen by 58% since 2006. Read: BBC News, More: Evening Standard, ITV News, NBC News, Reuters, Business Insider, Gay Times, Attitude, Pink News, GetWestLondon, UCL News

After Grenfell, regulation must not be a dirty word

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Ben Clifford (UCL Bartlett School of Planning) writes about current approach to the governance of built environment issues in Britain. Read: The Conversation

Global Prosperity Won’t Be Handed Down From Above - We Need True Grassroots Democracy

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Henrietta Moore (UCL Institute for Global Prosperity) writes about democracy in crisis and the need for change. Read: The Huffington Post

Corbyn surge raises hopes that Mexico might soon have a friend in No 10

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Étienne von Bertrab (UCL Bartlett Development Planning Unit) comments on what Jeremy Corbyn has been saying about Mexican politics. Read: The Guardian

Europe doesn’t need American climate scientists. It needs American climate data

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Professor Michael Grubb (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) says it is too early to anticipate the full impact of Trump’s policies, but if the proposed budget cuts go into effect, there could be more interest among scientists and researchers to take up offers in Europe. Read: Bloomberg

What is Britain’s Greatest Invention?

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Dr Hannah Fry (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) hosts Britain’s Greatest Inventions, a one-off technology special, airing on BBC two. Read more: Metro

How the hydrogen economy could make a comeback

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Dr Paul Dodds (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) and Professor Dan Brett (UCL Chemical Engineering) discuss the hype around hydrogen. Read: The Engineer

Can cyclists and driverless cars ever co-exist?

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Dr Robin Hickman (UCL Bartlett School of Planning) says driverless cars could be unworkable on busy urban streets, as the movements of cyclists and pedestrians are unpredictable. Read: The Guardian

AJ100 practices name Bartlett 'best school' – yet again

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The UCL Bartlett has been rated the best architecture school in a survey completed by the staff of AJ100 practices for 14th successive year. Read: Architects Journal (£)

Britain's clean fuel shame 

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Professor Paul Ekins (UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources) talks about the cost of fuel cells in a piece about a carbon-free future. Read: The Times (£)

UCL reaches top 10 in Guardian's UK university league table

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UCL is now ranked tenth in The Guardian's university league table for 2018. UCL departments ranked highly in numerous subject tables, notably the UCL Slade School of Fine Art ranking first in Art, while UCL was in the top five in eight other subject areas: Forensic Science & Archaeology (2nd), Classics & Ancient History (3rd), Architecture (3rd), Building and town and country planning (3rd), English & Creative Writing (4th), Psychology (5th), Anthropology (5th) and Mathematics (5th). Read: The Guardian

Is Labour party’s plan to raise corporation tax a good idea?

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Professor Mariana Mazzucato (UCL Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment) comments on debates around raising the corporation tax, saying that a low corporation tax isn't the best way to attract investment. Read: Financial Times

Brussels plans to saddle UK with EU nuclear waste

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) comments on plans that will mean nuclear waste, currently stored in Britain but owned by Euratom, will shift to UK control. Read: The Financial Times

Tax and the budget deficit

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Professor Mariana Mazzucato (UCL Faculty of the Built Environment) talks about the UK economy, tax and invest investment-led growth in the context of the forthcoming election. Listen: BBC Radio 4, Today programme (from 31 minutes)More: Watch BBC Two, Newsnight (from 8 minutes, 30 secs) 

LGBT London: what venue closures mean for the capital's future

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An article about the closure of LGBTQI nightlife spaces in London includes quotes from a report on the issue by the UCL Urban Laboratory. Read: The Guardian

Toshiba's US nuclear problems provide cautionary tale for UK

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) says that the deepening crisis at Toshiba has showed the need for ministers to consider a new energy policy.
Read: Guardian

Energy giant EDF board votes against motion that could close power plant

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) is interviewed about a French energy firm that has voted against a motion that could lead to the closure of France's oldest nuclear power plant. Listen: BBC World Service 'Newshour' (from 26 mins 41 secs)

Scientists sniff out a whiff of the past

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Cecilia Bembibre and Professor Matija Strlic (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) are conducting a research project documenting and archiving the aromas of old books. Read: The Times (£), Watch: BBC NewsMore: Daily Mail, ITV News, The Guardian, Popular Science, Newsweek, Smithsonian, Reader's Digest, The Atlantic

Energy projects including Hinkley Point threatened by Brexit, experts warn

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Professor Michael Grubb (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) says that securing energy cooperation with Europe is vital for Brexit negotiators. Read: The Guardian

Collapse of nuclear firm could deal blow to UK’s nuclear plans

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) comments on what the collapse of Westinghouse Electric, a subsidiary of Toshiba, could mean for nuclear energy in the UK. Read: The Guardian

Government's bungled handling of nuclear decommissioning deal hits Babcock

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) comments on the challenges of managing the cleanup of nuclear sites. Read: The Telegraph

Food trade drains global water sources at 'alarming' rates

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A study led by Dr Carole Dalin (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) found that the global food trade is depleting water sources in much of the world at a far faster rate than they can be replenished. Read: BBC News, More: Daily Mail

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