PSI sustainability news round-up

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European role for PSI professor
Fred Steward, Emeritus Professor at Policy Studies Institute, has been appointed to the Scientific Committee of the European Environment Agency. The position is for four years, 2017-2020, and will have a particular focus on sociotechnical systems and transitions strategies for environmental sustainability.

Innovations across Europe lead way towards sustainable future
European Environment Agency, 7 December 2016
A new joint report by the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the European Environment Information and Observation Network (Eionet), Sustainability transitions: Now for the long term, explores the innovations and new knowledge that can catalyse and guide transitions.

Planning for the climate challenge
Town and Country Planning Association, December 2016
A new study for TCPA has found that local plans in England are not dealing with carbon dioxide emissions reduction effectively, nor are they consistently delivering the adaptation actions necessary to secure the long-term social and economic resilience of local communities.

Cities are central to any serious plan to tackle climate change
Vox, 6 December 2016
Even before the election of Donald Trump, it was clear that states and cities are central to tackling climate change.

Surging methane emissions imperil climate goals
Daily Telegraph, 12 December 2016
After rising slowly from 2000 to 2006, the concentration of methane in the air climbed 10 times more quickly in the following decade, according to that study, which was published in the peer-reviewed Earth System Science Data.

Trump picks Scott Pruitt, climate change denialist, to lead EPA
New York Times, 7 December 2016
The president-elect has selected Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general and a close ally of the fossil fuel industry, to run the Environmental Protection Agency, signaling his determination to dismantle President Obama’s efforts to counter climate change - and much of the EPA itself.

TERM 2016: Fundamental changes needed for sustainable mobility
European Environment Agency, 14 December 2016
A new EEA report assesses the latest environmental trends in transport and presents examples of the different transitions needed in terms of technology, urban planning and societal behaviour to make transport more sustainable.

Closing the Loop with a Circular Economy
World Resources Institute, 12 December 2016
In this WRI podcast, Dutch MP Stientje van Veldhoven describes the successes experienced by both the government and private sector in Holland using circular economy methodology.

Fossil fuel divestment funds double to $5tn in a year
Guardian, 12 December 2016
The fossil fuel divestment campaign began on university campuses in 2011 but a new report reveals that concerns over investments in coal, oil and gas have now entered the financial mainstream, with more than 80% of the funds now committed to divest being managed by commercial investment and pension funds.