UCL in the media
Almost a third of 17-year-olds have tried cannabis and one in 10 have tried harder drugs, with similar rates of experimentation regardless of parents’ education level, finds a new study by Professor Emla Fitzsimons and Dr Aase Villadsen (both UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies).
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The deterioration of work-life balance is mostly down to the pressure and insecurity created by employers’ increased use of tracking software, which “leaves employees feeling like they’re being watched every minute,” says Professor Anna Cox (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences).
Wider restrictions must remain in place if schools reopen in March to keep the epidemic’s R number below 1 in the UK, finds a study led by Dr Jasmina Panovska-Griffiths (UCL Epidemiology & Health) and Professor Russell Viner (UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health).
An estimated 1 in 5 deaths (18 to 21.5%) every year can be attributed to fossil fuel pollution, a figure much higher than previously thought, according to research co-authored by Dr Eloise Marais (UCL Geography).
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Proposals to bury spent nuclear fuel up to 1km underground are facing strong local opposition, and “the reality is nowhere in the world is there a functioning deep geological repository for spent nuclear fuel,” says Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute).
New coal mines in the UK would not lead to a reduction in coal production at existing mines, but would instead mean “that there will be more coal dug up…and the markets will expand to accommodate it,” warns Professor Paul Ekins (UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources).
A law making it a crime to accuse Poland of being complicit in the Holocaust is dangerous as it not only prevents a truthful interrogation of history, but also could be used to censor art or silence journalists, says Dr Joanna Michlic (UCL Institute for Advanced Studies).
Two face masks are likely to reduce Covid-19 spread, but there is a lack of research into the topic and the increased discomfort may mean people are put off, “fiddle with the mask more, or they don’t wear it properly,” says Dr Ben Killingley (UCL Institute for Global Health).
Developers need to fix homes affected by flammable cladding and then pursue any sub-contractors who are at fault, rather than shifting the blame and refusing to help, says Professor Yolande Barnes (UCL Bartlett Real Estate Institute).