PSI sustainability news round-up

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AGRICULTURE
EU lawmakers demand five-year phase out of weedkiller glyphosate
Reuters, 24 October 2017
The European Parliament called on Tuesday for weedkiller glyphosate to be phased out in the next five years, prompting the European Commission to drop its proposal for a 10 year license extension.

UK is 30-40 years away from ‘eradication of soil fertility’, warns Gove
Guardian, 24 October 2017
Farmers must be incentivised to tackle decline in biodiversity, says environment secretary at launch of parliamentary soil body.

CIRCULAR ECONOMY
The future of food: Europe focuses on circular economy solutions
FoodNavigator, 19 October 2017
European regulators and researchers are focusing on developing circular economy solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges: health and climate change.

CLIMATE CHANGE
Congressional auditor urges action to address climate change
New York Times, 23 October 2017
Fires, floods and hurricanes are already costing the federal government tens of billions of dollars a year and climate change will drive those costs ever higher in coming years, a new federal study warns.

SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT
Public buses are lifeline and vital to Scots economy
Scotsman, 18 October 2017
It is a maligned mode of transport, but the bus is helping to drive Scotland’s economy.

Electric hybrid car emits four times more CO₂ than advertised, real-world testing shows
Sydney Morning Herald, 23 October 2017
A report by the Australian Automobile Association says real-world testing reveals some new cars are using up to 59 per cent more fuel than advertised.

Japan is betting future cars will use hydrogen fuel cells
Financial Times, 24 October 2017
Honda and Toyota think the technology’s superior energy density will triumph over batteries. (Registration may be required to view)

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT
Insects decline dramatically in German nature reserves: study
Phys.org, 18 October 2017
Researchers in Germany have documented a steep decline in flying insects at dozens of nature reserves in the past three decades, and agricultural pesticides may be to blame.

More acidic oceans ‘will affect all sea life’
BBC News, 23 October 2017
Eight-year study from more than 250 scientists finds that infant sea creatures will be especially harmed as CO2 makes waters more acidic.

HEALTH
The Lancet Commission on pollution and health
Lancet, 19 October 2017
Report finds that pollution is the largest environmental cause of disease and death in the world today, responsible for an estimated nine million premature deaths.

ENERGY
British Gas unveils first smart meter fit for digital energy boom
Telegraph, 20 October 2017
Second-generation smart meters will enable a raft of innovative retail energy products, including time-of-use tariffs and peer-to-peer energy trading. 

GREEN ECONOMY
Corporate sustainability has entered the mainstream, but where does it go next?
BusinessGreen, 23 October 2017
This article charts the rise of corporate engagement with sustainability over the past decade and unwraps the challenge facing the next decade of green business development.