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Uni will help run new Turing data research facility

Oxford Mail, p.5, 29/01/2015

Oxford University is to help run a new data research centre named after the codebreaker Alan Turing. It will join four other universities at the Alan Turing Institute at London’s British Library. The centre will research the use of data and algorithms. Oxford University’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research Professor Ian Walmsley said: ‘Advances in data science and algorithms have the potential to transform our everyday lives and the economy and we are delighted to be part of this new venture.’

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Why Size Doesn't Matter: Divesting From Fossil Fuels With a Small Endowment

Huffington Post (USA), 27/01/2015, Edith Ismene Nicolaou-Griffin

Article about the fossil fuel divestment movement and universities notes that a recent Oxford University study concluded that divestment is an effective sociopolitical tactic against the clout of fossil fuel companies, and that the movement to divest from fossil fuels is the fastest-growing divestment movement in history.

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Climate concern ‘linked to floods’

BBC News online, 29/01/2015, Helen Briggs

Public belief in the reality of climate change has risen in Britain, partly because of the 2013 winter floods, according to a report by Cardiff University researchers. Includes comment from Professor Myles Allen of Oxford University who said: ‘When an event has been made more likely by climate change, but still had some chance of occurring anyway (as seems to have been the case for last winter's floods), then is it right to say it was caused by climate change? Not in the sense that climate change was the only thing that mattered, but yes in the sense that climate change was a factor. Attribution matters because if we're going to ask members of the public to do something about climate change, then the least we can do is be clear about what climate change is doing to them. And many of the most serious impacts of climate change today are only manifest through changing probabilities of extreme weather events.’

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