PSI sustainability news round-up

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2016 PREVIEWS

2016: The year of living precariously
Guardian, 26 December 2015
John Vidal argues that, post-Paris, the big news this year will be around a new runway for London, the possible effects of Brexit and tackling air pollution.

Key environmental developments ahead in 2016
Berkeley Blog, 2 January 2016
Professor Dan Farber on why a Republican victory in the US elections in November could lead to the rollback of many environmental regulations.

2016 will accelerate environmental progress. Here are 5 reasons why.
Environmental Defense Fund, 28 December 2015
Fred Krupp, head of EDF, on why 2016 is a year of opportunity for sustainability policy action.

Trending environmental issues that will affect the world in 2016
Digital Journal, 19 December 2015
Karen Graham points to the current El Nino bringing recording temperatures, the ever-warming oceans and climate change becoming a national-security issue.

The five biggest lobbying fights to watch in 2016
Washington Post, 29 December 2015
From the Trans-Pacific Partnership to domestic regulation, environmental issues will be central to the major lobbying battes of 2016.

CIRCULAR ECONOMY

Italy approves ‘Green Economy’ bill
Britaly Post, 23 December 2015
The wide-ranging bill includes measures to promote the circular economy through the recovery and recycling of waste products, or discounts on fees for the best performing municipalities.

“It always seems impossible until it’s done”
Plastics Today, 27 December 2015
Interesting discussion on new developments in low-impact materials and weaknesses in the EU’s circular economy proposals.

Employment and the circular economy
An extensive expansion of the circular economy could reduce net unemployment in London by around 12,000 jobs (or 0.26 percentage points) by 2030. argues a new report.


CLIMATE CHANGE

Challenges of communicating community-based adaptation strategies
NewsDay, 28 December 2015
Development programmes that do not mainstream adaptation undermine resilience, thereby increasing vulnerabilities to climate change effects.

The economy and climate change
YouGov, 29 December 2015
What people think about climate change depends on how they feel about the economy.

RENEWABLE ENERGY AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Major offshore wind operator plans £6bn UK investment by 2020
Guardian, 3 January 2016
Dong Energy says it is now convinced UK government will back offshore wind power despite recent cuts to renewable energy sector subsidies

Record-breaking 2015 for UK wind energy
Edie.net, 4 January 2016
New data from the National Grid reveals that 2015 was a record-breaking year for wind energy generation, with onshore and offshore wind farms setting new weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual records.

Warning over a ‘ghastly mess’ in £11bn plan for smart meters
The Times, 4 January 2016
An £11 billion project to install more than 50 million smart electricity and gas meters in homes is a “ghastly mess” that will not work, according to a leading figure in the energy sector.