UCL in the media
Professor Ilan Kelman (UCL Institute for Risk & Disaster Reduction) agrees with research reported by the Met Office that increasing temperatures are a major concern and if nothing is done to slow climate change then the UK may face dangerous heat and humidity in the future.
In response to statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on the number of excess deaths from Covid-19, Professor Francis Balloux (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) explains this may be because the UK experienced more widespread instances of the epidemic.
Dr Francisco Diego (UCL Physics & Astronomy) answers questions about the NASA Perseverance Rover mission to Mars and how previous expeditions have helped pave the way for this expedition and its search for signs of life on the red planet.
Honorary Research Associate Sir Roland Jackson (UCL Science & Technology Studies) calls for more public recognition of Irish scientist John Tyndall, who worked alongside Louis Pasteur, made discoveries in physics and was an early thinker in the field of climate science.
Policy Fellow Laurie Macfarlane (UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose) asserts that the UK Government’s help-to-buy scheme has contributed to a housing crisis and asserts people should stay away from “our addiction to house price growth”.
As the government looks to invest £380m in Low-Earth-orbit satellite company One Web, commenting Professor Marek Ziebert (UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering) raises doubts about the technology’s signal consistency and navigational capacity.
The number of hours worked in Britain dropped significantly in lockdown, with mothers most likely to sacrifice work for home schooling and developmental play, finds research co-authored by Professor Francis Green and Professor Emla Fitzsimons (both UCL Institute of Education).
Commenting on a recommendation to offer free school meals to all families on universal credit, Professor Michael Marmot (UCL Epidemiology & Health) recognises the proposal, but says addressing the UK’s healthy eating depends on the quality, price and distribution of food.