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Which fossil fuels must remain in the ground to limit global warming?

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A third of oil reserves, half of gas reserves and over 80% of current coal reserves globally should remain in the ground and not be used before 2050 if global warming is to stay below the 2°C target agreed by policy makers, according to new research by the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources.

EPICentre release new Japan Tsunami model with Willis Re & Tohoku University

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Ofunato after 2011 tsunami

Researchers at the EPICentre Research Group, a multidisciplinary research group based in UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering (CEGE) that investigates risk to society and infrastructure from earthquakes and other natural hazards, have released a new Japan Tsunami model to advance the industry’s understanding of catastrophic tsunami losses.

Laser scanning accurately ‘weighs’ trees

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A terrestrial laser scanning technique that allows the structure of vegetation to be 3D-mapped to the millimetre is more accurate in determining the biomass of trees and carbon stocks in forests than current methods, according to new research involving UCL.

How glands expand to fight off disease

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Dendritic cell revealed

The same specialised immune cells that patrol the body looking for signs of infection also trigger the expansion of glands called lymph nodes, which are the control centres of our immune system, according to new research from UCL and Cancer Research UK.

Amphibians being wiped out by emerging viruses

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Scientists tracing the real-time impact of viruses in the wild have found that entire amphibian communities are being killed off by closely related viruses introduced to mountainous areas of northern Spain.

PhD Scholarship at UCL Australia School of Energy and Resources

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A PhD scholarship is available in the UCL School of Energy and Resources Australia, based in Adelaide and starting in February 2015. Potential areas of research include better designs for offshore monitoring programmes or developing rapid ecotoxicology methods for environmental assessment and management.

The scholarship is funded by BHP Billiton and covers tuition fees and a (tax free) living stipend of $A 25,392 p.a. for up to four years. For more information about how to apply, please visit the UCL Australia website.

UCL submits plans to transform Wates House

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Wates House Dusk View

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

Prominent social theorist to head new UCL Institute for Global Prosperity

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Professor Henrietta Moore

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.

Professor Jacqueline McGlade appointed UNEP Chief Scientist

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Professor Jacqueline McGlade

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

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

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Green Economy

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.

Climate change won't reduce winter deaths

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London snow by Edvvc on Flickr square

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

Extended sports facilities for UCL students

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Somers Town Community Sports Centre

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.

UCL ISR Director joins UN International Resources Panel

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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.

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

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Global Health marque

Friday 8 February, 9am-5pm
Denys Holland Lecture Theatre

Warming climate unlikely to cause extinction of ancient Amazon trees

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

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.

Cycling safer than driving for young people

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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.

Canopy structure explains supposed link between leaf nitrogen and climate

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A mixed forest in Turkey

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.

Developing cities face perfect storm of environmental risks

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Minister announces £39 million investment at UCL Energy Institute visit

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Greg Barker MP

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.

Heavy rains replenish groundwater supplies in Africa

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

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

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

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Green building

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.

UCL News podcast: Royal Society summer science exhibition

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The UCL News podcast gives you the opportunity to listen to the latest news and research from around UCL every fortnight. Split up into three parts, you can either listen to the podcast all in one go, or save features for later listening. 

Giant woven art installation at UCL

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Untitled (Woven Portico)

A striking art installation of fabric woven in between the neoclassical columns of the portico has been installed by UCL Slade School of Fine Art student Nicolas Feldmeyer.

Better urban planning is essential to improve health

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Medellin, Colombia

The proportion of the world’s population that lives in cities has been steadily rising, so that 3 in 5 of all people globally will live in a city by 2030. The UCL-Lancet Commission on Healthy Cities explores the many issues other than health services that contribute to population health in a city environment.

UCL, Intel and Imperial to create Global Centre for Research in Sustainable Connected Cities

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The signing: (standing from left) Martin Curley, VP and Director Intel Labs Europe; Rt Hon George Osborne, UK Chancellor of the Exchequer,  and seated, Professor Stephen Caddick, Vice-Provost (Enterprise) UCL; Dr Justin Rattner, CTO, Vice-President and Senior Fellow Intel; Edward Astle, Pro-Rector Enterprise, Imperial College

UCL, Imperial College London and Intel have announced the launch of the Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Sustainable Connected Cities. The new London-based institute will be Intel’s first research centre and global hub dedicated to exploring how technology can support and sustain the social and economic development of cities worldwide. 

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