PSI sustainability news round-up

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CLIMATE CHANGE
The impact of climate change policy on competitiveness
ESRC, August 2016
Current climate change policies have not damaged the competitiveness of UK businesses, and can increase long-term competitiveness by encouraging greater innovation and efficiency.

Nasa: Earth is warming at a pace ‘unprecedented in 1,000 years’
Guardian, 31 August 2016
Records of temperature that go back far further than 1800s suggest warming of recent decades is out of step with any period over the past millennium.

Data shows increasing political polarisation on climate change
Science Daily, 30 August 2016
A new article details the escalation of partisan polarisation, particularly towards environmental protection and climate change, over the past few decades in America.

CIRCULAR ECONOMY
England continues to fall behind UK nations in recycling performance
edie.net, 30 August 2016
England has fallen to the bottom of an index that ranks home nations on carbon reductions from recycling, after Northern Irish councils displayed a 4.5% increase in CO2 emission reductions in 2014/15.

Hundreds of thousands of tonnes of recycling is being diverted to landfill
Telegraph, 23 August 2016
Councils said they were unable to recycle 338,000 tonnes of waste last year because it was contaminated, a rise of 84 per cent over the past four years.

ENERGY
Smart energy revolution ‘could help to avoid UK blackouts’
BBC News, 31 August 2016
National Grid chief executive says technological advances will reduce the need to build new conventional power stations in the UK.

National Grid slashes forecasts for big new power plants
Telegraph, 18 August 2016
In 2012, National Grid expected 33GW of new power plants by 2021. Now it expects just 14GW - but small-scale renewables have grown 50 times faster than expected.