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The Queen's Parliamentary duties and Prince Phillip to step down – Reading in the news Thurs 4 May

Release Date 04 May 2017


General election: Prof Kate Williams (History) spoke to BBC News channel about the dissolution of Parliament and the role of the monarchy in the process.

Prince Phillip stepping down from public duties: Following the announcement from Buckingham Palace this morning, Dr Kate Williams (History) spoke live to CNN on why this has come now and what impact it will have on the Queen and her public duties. 

Reducing emissions in the US: Despite Trump's possible retreat on climate commitments, nearly half of the Fortune 500 biggest companies in the United States have now set targets to shrink their carbon footprints, according to an article in The New York Times. Dr Andreas Hoepner (Henley Business School) provides expert comment on the topic of carbon accounting.

Global warming hiatus: A BuzzFeed article explains the reasoning behind the so-called global warming ‘hiatus', in which Dr Ed Hawkins (Met) is quoted.

Sainsbury's annual results: Dr Steve Musson (Geography) explains to BBC Radio Berkshire how discount supermarkets such as Aldi and Lidl are putting pressure on the bigger supermarket chains. 

Wolfendon report: The University was involved in a project to secure funding to tell the story of how a milestone report (written by former UoR Vice-Chancellor Lord Wolfendon) published 60 years ago led to the decriminalisation of homosexuality. Dr Katherine Harloe (Classics) spoke to BBC Radio Berkshire ahead of tonight's Wolfendon lecture, hosted by the University and given by Ruth Hunt, CEO of Stonewall. 

Severe air turbulence: Following a flight from Moscow to Bangkok, where people suffered serious injuries as a result of severe air turbulence, research by Dr Paul Williams (Meteorology) into how climate change will cause more severe turbulence continues to be covered globally, including The Financial Express.

Health benefits of champagne: Reading research which found that drinking champagne could reduce improve your memory is mentioned on regional radio stations Wave 105.2, Radio Pembrokeshire and Radio Carmarthenshire.

Other coverage:

  • WindowNews and Transport Network feature articles based on Reading research which found that the cost the bidding process in the construction industry is almost £3 billion.
  • Reading is cited as being involved in research into the positive impact a wild blueberry extract may have on age-related cognitive decline. IndustrySourcing reports.



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