PSI sustainability news round-up

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Event: Built to Last: City Resilience and Climate Change
Thursday 27 April, 3pm, Palace of Westminster
PSI’s Kevin Burchell will be taking part in this event organised by the Westminster Sustainable Business Forum (WSBF) and the All Party Parliamentary Climate Change group (APPCCG). Kevin will be outlining why there is untapped potential for voluntary and community groups to take a greater role in resilience planning and how the problem of flooding has overshadowed the dangers of heatwaves. The event is free and there are still places available.

PSI researcher to speak at Springboard event
PSI Senior Research Fellow Martha Bicket is guest speaker at the closing workshop of the 2017 Springboard Women’s Development Programme for Academics and Researchers, run as a collaboration between the University of Westminster and the Institute of Cancer Research.

Snap election: Green economy braces for further delays to key policy plans
BusinessGreen, 18 April 2017
Clean Growth Plan and 25 Year Plan for Nature likely to be delayed until after June 8, with two-month Parliamentary recess following soon after.

Green groups warn of ‘race to the bottom’
BBC News, 16 April 2017
Environmental groups have urged the prime minister to avoid watering down legislation on climate change and wildlife protection after Brexit.

Trump aides abruptly postpone meeting on whether to stay in Paris climate deal
Guardian, 18 April 2017
Unlikely coalition of fossil fuel firms, environmental groups and Republicans are calling on president to stay despite his pledge to ‘cancel’ agreement.

Onshore Wind Projects Could Proceed Without Subsidies In The UK
CleanTechnica, 13 April 2017
A new study has found that the UK Government could deliver 1 GW of new onshore wind energy through an expected national renewable energy Contracts for Difference auction at no additional cost to consumers.

Cuadrilla’s Lancashire fracking plans cleared by High Court
Telegraph, 12 April 2017
The Preston New Road Action Group and campaigner Gayzer Frackman, a professional clown, failed to dash Cuadrilla’s plans to use hydraulic fracturing to unlock onshore gas reserves in the north west of England.

Public engagement with Energy System Change
Keep Scotland Beautiful, 19 April 2017
ClimateXChange has published a report based on research that draws on current thinking on public engagement with science and technology issues and a survey from UKERC’s Public Values for Whole Energy System Change.

First evidence found of popular farm pesticides in drinking water
Washington Post, 5 April 2017
Tiny quantities of neonicotinoids, linked to bee deaths, have been detected in the US state of Iowa.

Planning for a Circular Economy
Environmental Services Association, April 2017
A new report argues that in order to develop the processing capacity require to maximise the benefits of the Circular Economy, planning authorities will need to show great flexibility.

Amey To Look At Low Recycling Participation From London Flats
CIWM Journal, 18 April 2017
Londoners’ Lab will first look to tackle low recycling rates among people who live in the capital’s flats by conducting a survey to better understand their recycling habits and to design suitable technologies that will help them recycle more.