PSI sustainability news round-up

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CIRCULAR ECONOMY
Five challenges to scaling the circular economy
GreenBiz, 20 September 2017
Finding and optimizing the pipeline of circular opportunities means using the levers of technology, policy and investment from the consumer goods sector..

Waste: The Circular Economy
London City Hall, 21 September 2017
A new report by the London Assembly Environment Committee finds that a circular economy policy could reduce wasted by 60 per cent waste by 2041, put London “on track” to become carbon-neutral, create 12,000 new jobs by 2030 and provide £7 billion net benefit to London’s economy.

RESILIENCE
Extreme weather to cost UK billions
Independent, 26 September 2017
WWF report on the risks posed by climate change in 2050 warns there could be significant damage to the economy if it is not ‘future-proofed’.

SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT
EV100: Top firms sign up to The Climate Group’s platform to accelerate EV shift
edie.net, 19 September 2017
Multinational firms including Ikea, HP and Unilever are among the first 10 members of a new initiative which aims to make electric vehicles (EVs) ‘the new normal’ by 2030.

CLIMATE CHANGE
Global warming may be occurring more slowly than previously thought, study suggests
Independent, 19 September 2017
Previous climate models may have been ‘on the hot side’.
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When media sceptics misrepresent our climate research we must speak out
Guardian, 21 September 2017
Authors of climate paper argue their paper underlined that strong action towards the 1.5C Paris goal is perhaps more valid than ever.

Scottish draft climate change plan ‘lacks credibility’
BBC News, 25 September 2017
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) found the plan focused too much on deployment of low-carbon heating rather than addressing wider areas like transport emissions.

ENERGY
UK could rescue energy efficient homes policy with few key steps
Guardian, 27 September 2017
‘Clean growth’ report steps into scrapping of green deal void and reinstates all new homes be zero carbon by 2020.

FOOD
New study reveals agrobiodiversity investments as triple win for health, environment and food system sustainability
Bioversity International, 26 September 2017
First comprehensive scientific analysis of how agrobiodiversity can make our vulnerable food system more resilient, sustainable and nutritious.

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT
Increased drugs’ use threatens aquatic environment, report says
Euractiv, 25 September 2017
German study predicts that consumption of medicines in Germany will rise by 70 per cent in the next 30 years thanks to ageing population.