PSI sustainability news round-up

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PSI NEWS
Dynamic Pattern Synthesis (DPS): Methods Summer School
PSI is part of the Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus (CECAN), which aims to ensure decision makers have the skills and expertise they need to develop and implement policy, using up to date tools and techniques, and have a clear understanding of what works in practice. On 18 September, CECAN is holding this one-day event at the University of Brighton to introduce researchers to a new mixed method called DPS, that uses both Cluster Analysis and Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) to identify dynamic patterns in longitudinal small sample data.

ENERGY
Six charts show UK’s progress on low-carbon energy slowing down
Carbon Brief, 31 July 2017
Coal use is at a historic low, but progress in cutting demand and growing low-carbon sources of energy stalled in 2016.

Fossil fuel subsidies are a staggering $5 tn per year
Guardian, 7 August 2017
A new study finds 6.5% of global GDP goes to subsidising dirty fossil fuels.

ENVIRONMENT AND LAW
UN Report Criticises UK’s Crackdown on Access to Environmental Justice
DeSmogUK, 4 August 2017
The Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee report said the UK’s recent law reforms moved it ‘further away’ from fulfilling its duty to allow citizens to bring forward environmental cases.

CIRCULAR ECONOMY
Why Apple and other tech companies are fighting to keep devices hard to repair
The Verge, 3 August 2017
A new report says the tech industry is using its outsized influence to combat environmental product standards.

Is it fair to blame Coca-Cola and big corporations for our waste crisis?
Guardian, 2 August 2017
Some global corporations are trying to address the environmental impact of throwaway culture, but campaigners say they remain part of the problem.

Burning policy puts pressure on recycling targets
BBC News, 7 August 2017
A boom in incinerator-building could make it impossible for the UK to meet future targets for recycling, a report says.

CLIMATE CHANGE
Climate change to cause humid heatwaves that will kill even healthy people
Guardian, 2 August 2017
If warming is not tackled, levels of humid heat that can kill within hours will affect millions across south Asia within decades, analysis finds.

‘Dodgy’ greenhouse gas data threatens Paris accord
BBC News, 8 August 2017
Potent, climate-warming gases are being emitted into the atmosphere but are not being recorded in official inventories, a BBC investigation has found.