PSI sustainability news round-up

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PSI NEWS
New mobility systems in Japan
PSI researchers Professor Fred Steward and Ritsuko Ozaki visited Japan in October 2017 on their project, Urban Infrastructural Innovation and Sustainable Lifestyles, which examines city- and prefecture-led strategies in new mobility systems.

Guardian Young Journalist award winner quotes PSI research
Since the early Seventies, PSI has been conducting groundbreaking research on children’s independent mobility. So it was nice to hear that a child journalist has picked up on our work to make an important point about play.

CLIMATE CHANGE
COP23: Key outcomes agreed at the UN climate talks in Bonn
CarbonBrief, 19 November 2017
The main events, discussions and decisions from the latest UN meeting.

Coal back as flashpoint in climate-change fight
Bloomberg, 18 November 2017
Coal emerged as the surprise winner from international climate talks with Germany and Poland joining Donald Trump in support of the dirtiest fossil fuel.

Britain threatens to scupper EU climate law over ‘Brexit no deal’ clause
Sunday Telegraph, 18 November 2017
The clause would ban British industry from selling its carbon emission allowances on the market after Brexit in the event of no deal.

First CO2 rise in four years puts pressure on Paris targets
BBC News, 13 November 2017
Global emissions of CO2 in 2017 are projected to rise for the first time in four years, dashing hopes that a peak might soon be reached.

Labour budget calculations will include economic impact of climate change
Independent, 14 November 2017
Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell will say that a Labour Government will put climate change at the ‘very centre of government’.

ENERGY
Review of Energy Policy 2017
UKERC, 20 November 2017
The review appraises energy policy change over the last 12 months, and makes a series of recommendations to help meet the objectives of the government’s Clean Growth Plan.

Balancing act: storage and flexible energy vital to UK’s renewables tipping point
edie.net, 14 November 2017
The cost of generating energy from wind and solar in the UK is expected to halve by 2040, but the expected future power system volatility will lead to more economic opportunities for flexible energy sources and storage capacity.