PSI sustainability news round-up

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PSI NEWS
Global energy challenges: oil prices, climate change and rising powers
University of Westminster, 19 October, 5.30pm
This panel discussion is an introduction to some of the issues examined in the University of Westminster’s new interdisciplinary MA programme, Energy and Environmental Change, which PSI is contributing to. The event seeks to provide new perspectives on world energy prospects and challenges.

The panelists include Professor Paul Stevens, distinguished fellow at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, in London, Dr Robert Falkner, Associate Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Dr Tom Wales, Group Political Adviser at BP’s Government and Political Affairs section.

CLIMATE CHANGE
Theresa May: UK to ratify Paris climate change deal this year
Guardian, 20 September 2016
Prime minister uses maiden UN speech to make emissions pledge.

EU leaders pledge quick ratification of Paris climate accord
Bloomberg, 16 September 2016
Fast-track sign-off could occur by 7 October, EU’s Delbeke says.

Climate change means land use will need to change
Science Daily, 20 September 2016
A team of researchers warns that without significant improvements in technology, global crop yields are likely to fall in the areas currently used for production of the world’s three major cereal crops, forcing production to move to new areas.

Reykjavik would choose dystopia over climate change
Engadget, 15 September 2016
Rather than building out, people will be encouraged to build up, creating a denser city, reducing the need for personal transport.

CLIMATE LOBBYING
Why should we care that Exxon is lobbying the UK Government on electric vehicles?
OpenDemocracy, 20 September 2016
Newly released documents show the US oil giant repeatedly lobbying the British government against policies for greener transport.

CIRCULAR ECONOMY
Arup introduces recyclable house to shift construction to circular economy
E&T, 20 September 2016
Architecture consultancy has unveiled its Circular Building – a futuristic vision of construction in the world of scarce resources and perfect sustainability.

Google targets zero waste ‘moonshot’
Environmental Leader, 15 September 2016
Google has pledged to divert 100% of all waste away from landfill in all of its global data centres.

ENERGY
Japan’s shift to renewable energy loses power
Wall Street Journal, 14 September 2016
After the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant, the country set ambitious targets. What happened?

China’s solar panel glut undermines its agreement with the EU
Fortune, 14 September 2016
A sharp increase in solar power production in China and a sharp fall in domestic demand have sparked a sudden surge of cut-price exports, undermining a China-EU agreement to limit damage to European producers.

Everything you need to know about Hinkley Point C
Press Association, 15 September 2016
The Hinkley Point C (HPC) nuclear power station has finally been given the green light after a decade of planning and consultation.