PSI sustainability news round-up

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Enhancing evaluation impact in complexity settings
PSI’s Ben Shaw was one of the organisers of a highly productive workshop on evaluation impact in complex nexus areas hosted by CECAN at the University of Newcastle’s London campus on Monday 5 September.

The case for the humble garbage disposal
CityLab, 31 August 2017
Those pulverising devices may be noisy and costly to install, their blades the stuff of kitchen-sink horror, but they may be more efficient that organic waste collections.

Deposit Return Scheme for Scotland
Zero Waste Scotland, 5 September 2017
The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that Scotland will introduce a deposit return system for drinks containers. Zero Waste Scotland will coordinate work to design the system, working with stakeholders and continuing to build the evidence base.

The Dutch understand flooding. why can’t America manage it?
CityLab, 28 August 2017
More than a decade after Katrina pummeled New Orleans, Harvey has swamped Houston and highlighted the basic flaws in America’s approach to an imminent deluge.

Scotland to ‘phase out’ new petrol and diesel cars by 2032
Independent, 5 September 2017
Nicola Sturgeon outlines plans to ‘massively expand’ pilot projects to encourage uptake of electric vehicles.

How climate change fueled Hurricane Harvey
Wired, 29 August 2017
Climate change didn’t spawn Harvey, or any other hurricane, though it has made them more dangerous. But Houston’s lack of green space and devil-may-care zoning laws have probably made things worse as well.

Australian states leave federal government in the shade when it comes to renewables
Sydney Morning Herald, 31 August 2017
Overall, efforts by states and territories are ahead of the federal government, which continues to dither over whether to set a Clean Energy Target.

Better energy efficiency measures could cut UK costs by £7.5bn
Guardian, 6 September 2017
Government must incentivise households to make energy saving improvements to improve air quality and warm homes, argues the UK Energy Research Centre.

Wind and solar power are on track to exceed expectations. Again.
Vox, 31 August 2017
New reports suggest a renewables revolution is imminent.

We’ve been underestimating the solar industry’s momentum. That could be a big problem.
Washington Post, 25 August 2017
If policymakers believe underestimate the growth of solar, they may be less likely to prioritise research and development that will help better integrate renewables onto the grid.

Cod and haddock go north due to warming UK seas, as foreign fish arrive
Guardian, 2 September 2017
Our seafood diet must adapt, say scientists, as climate change forces some favourites to colder waters and threatens others.