PSI sustainability news round-up

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CLIMATE CHANGE
Climate change: Arctic sea ice cover headed to its lowest level on record
International Business Times, 8 June 2016
With the Arctic already warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet, new data suggests that Arctic sea ice may be on track to reach its lowest level in recorded history.

Corals die when overfishing, pollution and climate change combine
CBC News, 7 June 2016
As our climate continues to warm, corals face increasing threats, a new study finds.

CLIMATE LOBBYING
Why isn’t anyone lobbying for climate change?
Forbes, 7 June 2016
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse asks why companies with excellent sustainability credentials don’t lobby around climate change itself.

Exxon avoids climate change shareholder revolt led by Church Commissioners
Church Times, 3 June 2016
At the firm’s annual meeting in Dallas, 38 per cent of shareholders voted for a resolution that would have forced ExxonMobil to report on how efforts to limit global temperature increases to 2°C might hit its profits and business model.

ENERGY
UK solar eclipses coal power over month for first time
Guardian, 7 June 2016
Longer days helped solar panels generate 50 per cent more electricity than coal across the whole of May, analysis shows.

Norway to ‘completely ban petrol powered cars by 2025’
Independent, 4 June 2016
Reports suggest Norway will ban the sale of all fossil fuel-based cars in the next decade.

The nuclear option could be best bet to combat climate change
Scientific American, 3 June 2016
To cut CO2 pollution, experts argue for nuclear power.

CIRCULAR ECONOMY
Sefton Council to remove recycling sites across the borough
Visiter, 8 June 2016
With kerbside usage increasing, along with illegal dumping and flytipping, council responds to cost pressures by removing bring banks at supermarkets and other sites.

England should ‘hang its head in shame’ over static recycling efforts
edit.net, 3 June 2016
New figures suggest that recycling figures for Wales had edged towards 60 per cent, but Keep Britain Tidy (KBT) is critical of efforts in England.

What is the food industry doing to move towards a circular economy?
Food Navigator, 6 June 2016
Industry trade group FoodDrinkEurope has launched a website illustrating its members’ actions to achieve a circular economy designed to inspire other firms and advise policymakers.