PSI sustainability news round-up

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CECAN website now live
The Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus, a £3m national research centre in which PSI plays a leading role, brings together a unique coalition of experts to address some of the greatest issues in policy making and evaluation across the food, energy, water and environment ‘nexus’.

Two new reports on the health effects of climate change
Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 11 May 2016
The first report examines how local authorities and their partners are responding to the public health consequences of climate change; the second at the risks of overheating in the care sector.

World could warm by massive 10C if all fossil fuels are burned
Guardian, 23 May 2016
Arctic would warm by as much as 20C by 2300 with disastrous impacts if action is not taken on climate change, warns new study.

Catastrophes linked to climate change may cause $158 trillion damage by 2050
BW BusinessWorld, 4 May 2016
According to a World Bank report, 1.3 billion people are expected to suffer the effects of climate changes in the next three decades

The injustice of climate change
Those who are least responsible for global warming and most vulnerable to its impacts are the ones who suffer the most, finds UN forum.

Sensing the inevitable, companies begin to adapt to climate change
MIT Technology Review, 23 May 2016
Most have yet to incorporate climate change into their business plans, but a few are finding a way.

Academics demand climate change resolutions from ExxonMobil and Chevron
Energy Live News, 12 May 2016
Positive Investment, an international coalition of students, academics and staff concerned about ethical investment, proposed nine resolutions, including adding a board member with environmental expertise, returning capital to shareholders to avoid stranded assets and reporting annually how they minimise the impact of fracking.

Investors want clear climate commitment from the big miners
BusinessGreen, 16 May 2016
Investors on the hunt for true transparency are calling time on miners’ membership to trade associations actively obstructing the low-carbon transition.

Fracking decision in North Yorkshire reignites intense debate
BBC News, 24 May 2016
Approval for fracking in North Yorkshire has raised the prospect of the controversial technique being allowed at other sites and restarted an intense debate.

Energy schemes to add £100 to UK household bills within five years
Guardian, 20 May 2016
Energy subsidies designed to keep lights on and support low-carbon electricity will have risen 124% by 2020-21, review finds

Waste industry calls for ‘urgent government intervention’ to drive UK circular economy, 12 May 2016
The Environmental Services Association (ESA) has outlined four recommendations to ensure that recycling and landfill diversion rates “do not go backwards”.

A look at international waste and recycling trends and challenges
Waste360, 12 May 2016
From anaerobic digestion to zero waste initiatives, countries, cities, businesses and foundations are coming up with new and innovative ways to make the concept of a circular economy a reality.