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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.



Legal avenues to fight climate change are limited, but growing

Given that the IPCC now considers that climate change is “unequivocal”, that human influence is “95-100%” likely to be the dominant cause, and that its effects are already being felt around world, it is still surprisingly difficult to bring those responsible to justice. In terms of its ability to regulate the causes and mitigate the effects of climate change, politics alone is not working. Litigation through the courts is a powerful device that can be used to increase public awareness, pressure governments to implement and improve regulation, and ultimately to drive polluting industries and individuals to change, writes Professor Sharon Turner (UCL Laws) in The Conversation. More...

Published: Apr 23, 2014 11:26:08 AM


Why is there still no World Environment Organisation?

It seems an anomaly that among the 15 autonomous, specialised agencies within the United Nations – such as the FAO, WMO, WHO, or UNESCO – there is no dedicated environmental organisation. This secondary status and the subsequent lack of coherence in environmental matters harms global environmental governance. Wouldn't having a World Environment Organisation (WEO) help to coordinate global environmental and climate change efforts, asks Lucien Georgeson (UCL Geography) in The Conversation. More...

Published: Apr 22, 2014 11:19:00 AM


If we want to save Ukraine, we need to call Vladimir Putin’s bluff

Eastern Ukraine is full of masked gunmen, occupying government buildings and calling for Russian “protection”. The central government in Kiev is unable to organise an adequate response. And the Western powers barely seem capable of understanding what is going on, let alone responding to it. So far, so familiar. But this is not – yet – a replay of events in Crimea. To understand why, it helps to understand precisely what it is that Russia hopes to gain, writes Dr Andrew Wilson (UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies) in The Telegraph. More...

Published: Apr 18, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Jo Wolff

Recruiting university staff takes a lot of academic time

Hundreds of hours of academic staff time will be devoted to each appointment. Is it worth it? Or is it collective madness? Could we, instead, contract out at least part of the process to recruitment specialists, as in other areas of professional employment? One day I might propose this, just to see the howls of protest. It will correctly be argued that making the right appointments should be at the top of our priority list, and this is the only way we know of doing it, writes Professor Jonathan Wolff (UCL Philosophy) in The Guardian. More...

Published: Apr 15, 2014 4:23:35 PM

Stephen Caddick

Med City can galvanise science and business in the UK

Med City was launched to great fanfare last week by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. Bringing together the powerhouses of academic and clinical research at UCL, Imperial, Kings, Oxford and Cambridge, it’s a hugely welcome development. Critics have questioned whether the initiative is really needed or runs the risk of adding additional layers of unnecessary bureaucracy, but Med City has an important role to play in galvanising the talents of the UK’s life science researcher, writes Professor Stephen Caddick (UCL Vice-Provost, Enterprise) in The Conversation. More...

Published: Apr 15, 2014 10:27:30 AM