PSI sustainability news round-up

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Mapping urban transitions through community participation in South Africa
A new blog post by three PSI researchers discusses their experiences doing fieldwork in Durban as part of the ISULabaNtu project, in which they used participatory action-research tools to coproduce knowledge with informal settlement communities on housing issues, upgrading processes, decision-making and urban development

Is TfL’s new cycling plan revolutionary or a waste of time?
Guardian, 22 June 2017
A data map of 25 London cycling corridors could be crucial for future superhighways, but critics say it’s a distraction from getting the job done.

The Dutch have solutions to rising seas. The world is watching.
New York Times, 15 June 2017
In the waterlogged Netherlands, climate change is considered neither a hypothetical nor a drag on the economy. Instead, it’s an opportunity.

Heat waves expected to increase, says study: Can adaptation outpace climate changes?
Christian Science Monitor, 20 June 2017
What constitutes ‘deadly heat,’ and who might be affected by it the most? A new study explores these questions, while the lead author acknowledges the superior ability of developed countries to adapt to extreme weather.

Oceans counter global warming and can no longer be neglected
Business Standard, 26 June 2017
Oceans have absorbed an astounding 93% of the excess heat over the past 40 years.

Eating for 2 degrees: Dietary changes can help UK hit Paris Agreement, 27 June 2017
A new report from WWF has suggested that farmers, retailers and the UK Government should promote the consumption of fruit and vegetables to deliver a 30% emissions reduction and place the UK on the pathway to limit global warming to well below 2°C.

New database shows Trump is filling the government with fossil fuel lobbyists
ThinkProgress, 26 June 2017
A third of energy and environment appointees have ties to the fossil fuel industry or the Koch brothers.

‘Appliancegate’ on the horizon? EU household devices guzzle more energy than labeled
Deutsche Welle, 22 June 2017
Domestic appliances use up to double as much energy as stated on their energy labels, according to an EU product survey. Outdated official tests are “vulnerable to misuse” by manufacturers, warn the report’s authors.

France to ban all new oil and gas exploration in renewable energy drive
Independent, 23 June 2017
‘Ecological transition’ minister says law will be passed later this year

US mayors back plan for cities to use only renewable energy, 26 June 2017
A bipartisan group of mayors from across the country unanimously backed an ambitious commitment for US cities to run entirely on renewable sources such as wind and solar in two decades.

Dutch companies set up giant bread bins to help cities tackle rat scourge
Guardian, 27 June 2017
Businesses in Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam are getting involved in efforts to collect waste bread and turn it into biogas and fertiliser.