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Published: 2018-02-21T10:48:35Z


Green energy blueprint for cutting UK electricity prices


A blueprint to cut UK electricity prices to bring them into line with competitor countries such as Germany and France as we move to low-carbon power generation has been proposed by UCL researchers.

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UCL launches new Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


UCL's new Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) was officially launched on 12 October with a keynote lecture by its director Professor Mariana Mazzucato, and a high level panel discussion.

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UCL helps shape UK's battery research strategy for electric car revolution


UCL has been selected to be a founding partner in the creation of a new institute that will help Britain develop battery technologies that will drive the electric vehicle (EV) revolution.

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Climate change adaptation spending in cities protects “wealth not people”


Developed cities are spending significantly more than developing cities on measures to adapt to the impacts of climate change – with spending seemingly linked to wealth rather than number of vulnerable people – finds UCL research.

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UCL Academy students become environmental engineers


144 Year 7 students at UCL Academy have been learning about the waste-energy-food cycle as part of a six-week environmental engineering educational programme led by Dr Aiduan Borrion (UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering), in the first major collaboration between UCL Engineering and UCL Academy.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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UCL News podcast: Royal Society summer science exhibition


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. 

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Giant woven art installation at UCL


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.

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Better urban planning is essential to improve health


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.

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


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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