PSI sustainability news round-up

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SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT
Uber for coaches: can these startups revolutionise intercity travel?
Guardian, 16 August 2017
New technology platforms are using crowdsourced buses to fill transport gaps and cut the cost of travel.

UN Secretary-General’s High-level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport
UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, 8 August 2017
The group will promote sustainable transport that is in line with inclusive and equitable growth, social development, protection of the global environment and ecosystems, and addressing climate change.

GREEN ECONOMY
Report: Hard Brexit poses threat to North England’s green economy
edie.net, 16 August 2017
Researchers at IPPR North argue that the EU protects against bias towards London in research funding and warn against a Brexit outcome which includes ‘no deal’ on energy trade and the withdrawal of participation in continental energy research programmes.

CIRCULAR ECONOMY
Contextualising the circular economy
BusinessGreen, 22 August 2017
Arup’s Richard Boyd considers how to apply circular thinking to revolutionise our built environment.

Study: For food-waste recycling, policy is key
MIT News, 17 August 2017
Successful programmes aren’t limited to well-off towns with strong environmental movements.

SUSTAINABLE CITIES
Urban sustainability in an age of enduring inequalities: Advancing theory and ecometrics for the 21st-century city
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 22 August 2017
This article draws on a program of research in three American cities - Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles - to develop hypotheses and methodological strategies for assessing how the multidimensional and multilevel inequalities that characterise contemporary cities bear on sustainability.

FOOD
Mapping the global potential for marine aquaculture
Nature Ecology and Evolution, 14 August 2017
Researchers estimate that approximately 15 billion tonnes of finfish could be grown every year, over 100 times the current global seafood consumption, if all suitable areas for aquaculture were developed.

CLIMATE CHANGE
Climate change is affecting when floods hit the UK
Wired, 10 August 2017
Timings of floods have shifted across Europe over the last 30 years.

ENERGY
The hidden costs of renewable power
Financial Times, 21 August 2017 (may require registration)
Reform might reveal something closer to the true expense of new energy technologies.