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UCLOpinion is the home for opinion and expertise from around the UCL academic community on topical social and political issues. Views expressed are those of the authors, and not of UCL.



Explainer: What is a circular economy?

The concept of the circular economy has left the realm of academic theory and entered the world of business. The price of natural resources and materials is soaring, and in response to volatile markets and increasing competition, developed nations are examining this sort of alternative economic model, writes Dr Teresa Domenech (UCL Energy Institute) in The Conversation.

Published: Jul 25, 2014 2:02:32 PM


Rising energy costs and insecurity show EU must get real about reducing demand

In proposing a 30% rather than a 40% energy demand reduction target, the European Commission is increasing the risks that European Union member states face from fossil fuel dependence and slowing the economic and social benefits of better insulated homes and lower energy bills, writes Andrew Smith (UCL Energy Institute) in The Conversation.

Published: Jul 24, 2014 10:52:00 AM


The moving street art of Argentina that lets citizens look, contemplate and remember

In Buenos Aires, a mural commemorates the bombing in July 1994 of the AMIA Jewish Community Centre. A black wall bears the image of a majestic tortoise. Lady Justice perches atop, her white drapery tracing the arc of his scintillating indigo and amber shell. Something is amiss, her typical, confident posture absent. She rests the torment of her swathed body against a stony-arched temple that balances precariously on the roundness of the slow beast. A rat scutters hungrily across her back, but she seems unaware. Lightly holding a pair of scales between the fingertips of her left hand, Lady Justice waits and mourns, writes Tanya Filer (UCL SELCS) in The Conversation.

Published: Jul 22, 2014 2:41:01 PM


Germany – winning with no leaders

So we won the World Cup. Add that trophy to the country's current economic overachievement and we may have the start of an age of German dominance – and not just in world football. However, there is still one field in which Germans don't excel: in global politics, the country is a secondary power. Its army is far smaller than that of France and the UK, and shows little interest in changing that. In June, just days after the US admonished Europeans for not doing enough on global security, the German parliament voted to cut its defence budget by around €800m. So will Germany's win at the Maracanã alter our reluctance to take the lead, writes Dr Jochen Hung (UCL German) in The Guardian. More...

Published: Jul 15, 2014 10:22:56 AM

Dr Suzy Buckley

Fewer animals being used for research but testing is still vital to finding cures

The number of animals used in scientific research in the UK fell by 0.4% in 2013, according to figures released by the Home Office. Scientists continue to work hard to reduce the numbers of animals used for medical research and the fall reverses the recent trend of an increase over the past decade – mainly due to a rise in the use of genetically modified mice and smaller species like zebra fish, says Dr Suzy Buckley (UCL Institute for Women's Health) in The Conversation.

Published: Jul 11, 2014 10:33:00 AM