PSI sustainability news round-up

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PSI NEWS
Job opportunities at CECAN
PSI is one of the organisations involved in the Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus (CECAN). There are now a number of job opportunities across the country to join the research team.

CHILDREN AND MOBILITY
Drone, lighthouse or helicopter: What sort of parent are you?
Telegraph, 15 July 2016
Quotes Ben Shaw, director of the Policy Studies Institute, on the importance of independent mobility and play for children’s ‘health and physical, mental and social development’.

CLIMATE CHANGE
Environmental records shattered as climate change ‘plays out before us’
Guardian, 3 August 2016
Temperatures, sea levels and carbon dioxide all hit milestones amid extreme weather in 2015, major international ‘state of the climate’ report finds.

Looking, quickly, for the fingerprints of climate change
New York Times, 1 August 2016
Attribution studies after major weather events can take many months. Now scientists are trying to do such studies much more quickly, as close to the event as possible.

Climate change and human health are closely interlinked
Manila Standard, 3 August 2016
A study from the World Health Organization (WHO) shows how climate change can spread vector-borne diseases like malaria.

The global philosopher: Who should pay for climate change?
BBC News, 28 July 2016
How can the world respond to climate change both effectively and fairly?

ENERGY
Nuclear-Free Zone: Britain weighs energy options without Hinkley
Bloomberg, 1 August 2016
The British government’s surprise decision last week to review the £18 billion Hinkley Point nuclear plant would leave a huge hole in UK energy policy if it leads to the project’s cancellation.

Britain’s energy dilemma: if not nuclear power, then what?
Observer, 30 July 2016
The delay to the construction of the controversial Hinkley Point plant raises a question: what else can provide baseload power without polluting?

A world map of subsidies for renewable energy and fossil fuels
Financial Times, 26 July 2016
The International Energy Agency calculates that the global subsidy bill for fossil fuels stood at about $490bn in 2014.

CIRCULAR ECONOMY
Five-pence charge has saved six billion plastic bags
Independent, 29 July 2016
The charge has also resulted in donations of more than £29million from retailers towards good causes including charities and community groups.