PSI sustainability news round-up

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Kew: Climate Change Will Affect Food Production
Reporting Climate Science, 11 May 2016
Up to 30 per cent of areas growing maize and bananas, and up to 60 per cent of those growing beans, are likely to become unviable by the end of the century due to climate change, says report.

In novel tactic on climate change, citizens sue their governments
New York Times, 10 May 2016
While the arguments can be unconventional and surprising, some of the suits are making progress.

Global warming milestone about to be passed and there’s no going back
Sydney Morning Herald, 10 May 2016
A monitoring site in Tasmania will witness the first baseline reading of 400 parts per million (ppm) of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, researchers predict.

Skepticism about climate change may be linked to concerns about economy
Science Daily, 4 May 2016
People who are concerned about the economy and who are strong supporters of the free market system may be more skeptical about climate change and downplay its potential effects, a new study suggests.

EU emissions rise revealed just months after COP21 climate deal
Euronews, 5 May 2016
CO2 emissions, which make up as much as four-fifths of total greenhouse gas output, rose by 0.7 percent in 2015, compared with the previous year, according to Eurostat estimates.

Elon Musk: ‘We need a revolt against the fossil fuel industry’
Guardian, 5 May 2016
Tesla’s chief executive has accused politicians of bowing to the “unrelenting and enormous” lobbying power of the fossil fuel industry.

Lobbying continues unabated on EPA’s clean power plan
Bloomberg BNA, 3 May 2016
More than 130 entities reported lobbying on the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s domestic efforts on climate change during the first quarter of 2016.

Carbon dioxide emissions from US energy sector fall 12% since 2005
Guardian, 9 May 2016
The shift comes amid a decline in the use of coal and increase in the use of natural gas to generate electricity, energy officials say.

Energy Systems Catapult unveils five-year delivery plan for UK energy transformation, 9 May 2016
The leading technology and innovation centre has unveiled its five-year delivery plan to help create a new systems approach to deliver an affordable and secure energy transformation in the UK.


Industry 4.0: how intelligent assets will be part of a circular economy
Guardian, 6 April 2016
The circular economy package of waste and recycling laws will be backed by tougher European Commission enforcement than seen under previous administrations, an official has told plastic industry delegates.

Documentary highlights advantages of circular economy
Resource, 5 May 2016
‘Circularity: Preparing for the new economy’, provides a broad overview of what the circular economy is and contains commentary from a number of industry analysts.