PSI sustainability news round-up

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PSI NEWS
PSI researchers present policy case studies scoping for CECAN
Researchers Ben Shaw, Ben Fagan-Watson, Martha Bicket and Pete Barbrook-Johnson presented recent work on scoping out policy evaluation case studies for the Centre for Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus (CECAN). These case studies are central to the centre’s work in pioneering, testing and promoting innovative evaluation approaches and methods.

TRANSPORT AND AIR QUALITY
Government plans to cut London’s deadly pollution levels are not good enough, judge says
Evening Standard, 2 November 2016
Official timetable for action ruled to be too slow in reducing emissions.

Lethal and illegal: Solving London’s air pollution crisis
IPPR, 2 November 2016
New report argues that London’s air pollution is a deadly and mounting public health problem – one that demands immediate as well as long-term action.

How Nissan letter and High Court ruling offer comfort to EV enthusiasts and clean air campaigners alike
Business Green, 2 November 2016
Recent decisions on Heathrow, Nissan’s future in the UK and air quality all point to the need for a more ambitious green transport policy.

CLIMATE LOBBYING
Petrol cars allowed to exceed pollution limits by 50% under draft EU laws
Guardian, 24 October 2016
Car industry successfully lobbied for loopholes to dilute EU laws limiting toxic particulates emissions for new cars.

CLIMATE CHANGE
Growth and Sustainability: 10 years on from the Stern Review
Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment,
27 October 2016
Lecture by Lord Stern: What do we know about innovation, investment, cities and the global agenda, a decade after publication of The Stern Review?

Energy poverty is a real problem. Coal is a bogus solution.
Vox, 25 October 2016
New research suggests more coal plants do nothing for energy access, but they will impose unnecessary suffering on the poor.

Climate Changing Behaviours
Keep Scotland Beautiful, 1 November 2016
New report highlights a key resource that the public sector can use to improve low carbon behaviours and practices.

ENERGY
Renewables could lose European power grid priority, documents reveal
Guardian, 1 November 2016
Industry concern after confidential impact assessment models scenarios for paring back the ‘priority dispatch’ system for clean energy.