PSI sustainability news round-up

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SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT
Getting people cycling on residential streets needs more than 20mph limits
Guardian, 15 March 2016
Having slower traffic where people live is a start. But to really boost cycling we need less traffic – and that means curbing rat runs.

CIRCULAR ECONOMY
Caffeine hit: what happens to Britain’s 3bn empty coffee cups?
Guardian, 16 March 2016
Britons drink more than 8m takeaway coffees every day – then throw away the cups. Why are so few recycled?

The World I Want Our Children to Have: Designing for the Circular Economy
HuffPost Business, 10 March 2016
Lewis Perkins, president of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, on the case for circular design.

CLIMATE CHANGE
Paris climate change treaty to be enshrined in UK law
Independent, 14 March 2016
Energy minister Andrea Leadson tells MPs the government is seeking to commit to capture ‘the momentum of Paris’.

Could climate-change warnings on gasoline pumps actually work?
Grist, 16 March 2016
The push to label gasoline pumps shows just how much the movement to educate people about climate change has come to parallel the one to educate people about the dangers of tobacco.

February breaks global temperature records by ‘shocking’ amount
Guardian, 14 March 2016
Warnings of climate emergency after surface temperatures 1.35degrees Celsius warmer than average temperature for the month.

Climate battle bears early fruit as global energy emissions stall
Financial Times, 15 March 2016
Carbon pollution levels stayed flat for the second year in a row last year new data show, even though the global economy kept growing.

ENERGY
Energy expert urges the Chancellor to bring certainty to the sector ahead of Budget 2016
Politics Home, 15 March 2016
With the cost, security and environmental impact of energy production high on the political agenda, it has never been more necessary for long-term thinking to create stability in the industry.