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UCL submits plans to transform Wates House

UCL has submitted a planning application to transform Wates House for The Bartlett School of Architecture. More...

Published: May 27, 2014 11:31:22 AM

Professor Henrietta Moore

Prominent social theorist to head new UCL Institute for Global Prosperity

A bold bid to uncover an alternative to the current failed model of economic growth is being launched via the establishment of a new UCL Institute for Global Prosperity, led by the renowned anthropologist Professor Henrietta L. Moore. More...

Published: May 15, 2014 10:13:42 AM

Professor Jacqueline McGlade

Professor Jacqueline McGlade appointed UNEP Chief Scientist

Professor Jacqueline McGlade (UCL Earth Sciences) has been appointed as Chief Scientist to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). More...

Published: Mar 13, 2014 3:27:18 PM

Green Economy

Policies to green the economy must underpin UK recovery: new report

Floods illustrate the need for urgent action from government to green the economic recovery, in order to address climate change and wider environment and resource issues, says UCL Commission Chair. More...

Published: Feb 24, 2014 7:38:34 AM

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Climate change won't reduce winter deaths

Climate change is unlikely to reduce the UK’s excess winter death rate as previously thought.  More...

Published: Feb 23, 2014 8:12:00 PM

Somers Town Community Sports Centre

Extended sports facilities for UCL students

Refurbished sports facilities close to the Bloomsbury campus are now available to UCL students, following the reopening of the Somers Town Community Sports Centre by UCL President and Provost Professor Michael Arthur. More...

Published: Dec 6, 2013 5:27:13 PM

UCL ISR Director joins UN International Resources Panel

Professor Paul Ekins, Director of the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources, has been appointed as a member on the International Resource Panel, part of the United Nations Environment Programme, for three years starting from May 2013. More...

Published: Jun 14, 2013 11:22:00 PM

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Global Food Security symposia: Creating resilience in the face of catastrophic climate change

Across the world, farmers and communities are experiencing the impact of climate change. People living in the world’s poorest areas are most likely to be seriously affected, and least well prepared to withstand the impact of poor harvests and natural disasters. More...

Published: Feb 1, 2013 12:13:00 PM

A small fragment of mature Amazon forest surrounded by agricultural land in Manaus, Brazil.by Christopher Dick, University of Michigan.

Warming climate unlikely to cause extinction of ancient Amazon trees

New genetic analysis has revealed that many Amazon tree species are likely to survive man-made climate warming in the coming century, contrary to previous findings that temperature increases would cause them to die out. More...

Published: Dec 14, 2012 9:53:31 AM

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Cycling safer than driving for young people

Researchers from UCL have found that cycling is safer than driving for young males, with 17 to 20 year old drivers facing almost five times greater risk per hour than cyclists of the same age. More...

Published: Dec 6, 2012 10:09:25 AM

A mixed forest in Turkey

Canopy structure explains supposed link between leaf nitrogen and climate

Claims that forest leaves rich in nitrogen may aid in reflecting infrared radiation – thereby cooling the atmosphere – have been challenged by new research that shows that the structure of forests’ canopies is a more important factor in infrared reflection. More...

Published: Dec 4, 2012 10:05:42 AM

FPC Report

Developing cities face perfect storm of environmental risks

A major report, Future Proofing Cities, published today by Atkins in a unique partnership with the Department for International Development (DFID) and UCL, warns that cities in the developing world must act now against a perfect storm of environmental risks. More...

Published: Nov 28, 2012 11:13:15 AM

Greg Barker MP

Minister announces £39 million investment at UCL Energy Institute visit

The UCL Energy Institute hosted an announcement by the Energy and Climate Change Minister of a £39 million investment in research to support energy efficiency policy and contribute to cutting carbon use and greenhouse gas emissions.
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Published: Nov 13, 2012 2:32:28 PM

East African herdsmen wait for rain, photo courtesy of Irina Fuhrmann/Oxfam on Flickr

Heavy rains replenish groundwater supplies in Africa

Intensive rainfall in East Africa can result in widespread flooding but may have a silver lining in the form of replenishing vital groundwater supplies. More...

Published: Nov 13, 2012 11:29:33 AM

Green building

The transition to a low carbon economy must be led by academic research

Leading UK and international academics believe a progressive research programme is vital to ensure that policies, such as the UK’s newly launched Green Deal, are backed by evidence and data, and that systems are in place to monitor, evaluate and adapt such policies. More...

Published: Jul 9, 2012 10:31:51 AM