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Opening public lands and waters to fossil fuel extraction could have major climate consequences

Press release

Written by Emily Yehle Thursday, 22 February 2018 05:45

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Ending the production of coal, oil and natural gas from public lands and waters could significantly reduce the United States’ CO2 emissions, according to a new study from the Stockholm Environment Institute.

SEI Asia Centre urbanization initiative takes shape with launch of cities report


Written by James Kemsey Wednesday, 21 February 2018 15:32

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To meet the challenges of urbanization in the region, the SEI Asia Centre is driving a new initiative on urbanization to generate knowledge and solutions on human health and well-being in cities.



SUMERNET contributes to Mekong Environment Ministers meeting


Written by James Kemsey Monday, 19 February 2018 07:03

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SEI Asia Centre’s SUMERNET programme informed the recent Greater Mekong Region’s fifth Environment Ministers meeting, held January 30 – February 1 in Chiang Mai, Thailand.


Lena Ek is the new Chair of Mistra Geopolitics

Press release

Written by Ylva Rylander Wednesday, 14 February 2018 00:00

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Former Swedish Minister for the Environment, Lena Ek, is the new chairperson of the multidisciplinary research programme, Mistra Geopolitics.

Building thriving, low-carbon cities: an overview of policy options for national governments

Press release

Written by Emily Yehle Friday, 09 February 2018 01:52

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A new report from the Coalition for Urban Transitions – and authored by SEI – could help national governments transform the way cities work.

Kalama methanol plant could increase global GHG emissions

Press release

Written by Emily Yehle Tuesday, 06 February 2018 01:16

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A proposed methanol plant in Washington State could increase global greenhouse gas emissions and is likely inconsistent with a low-carbon future, according to a new report from the Stockholm Environment Institute.

New report highlights global impacts of air pollution


Written by Howard Cambridge Monday, 05 February 2018 17:00

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New research on global surface ozone levels for present-day and recent trends highlights regions and populations most affected by air pollution


SEI rated among world’s top environment policy think tanks


Written by Robert Watt Monday, 05 February 2018 10:37

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SEI has been rated among the world’s most influential environment policy think tanks in the 2017 Global Go To Think Tanks Index, billed as the “premier database and measure of world think tanks”.

Celebrating 25 years of SEI Tallinn


Written by Helen Saarniit Wednesday, 31 January 2018 22:11

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SEI Tallinn recently celebrated a quarter of a century of operations, reflecting on its impact on and contribution to Estonian society, as well as looking to regional and global challenges in the next 25 years.

The state of Haiti's tree-cover: A new picture is emerging


Written by Rob Bailis Monday, 29 January 2018 23:31

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For decades, Haiti has been upheld as an archetypal case of environmental mismanagement. The full picture is far less dire.

Q&A: Sivan Kartha on how climate affected the Doomsday Clock


Written by Emily Yehle Friday, 26 January 2018 00:58

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Senior Scientist Sivan Kartha discusses his role in setting the Doomsday Clock -- and how humanity can keep away from an apocalyptic "midnight."

Beyond climate-proofing: gender dimensions of water insecurity in Burkina Faso


Written by Sarah Dickin Wednesday, 24 January 2018 14:59

SEI's Sarah Dickin introduces a research project that hopes to develop an index of empowerment to use in water and sanitation interventions

Release of major assessment of the state of the environment in Southeast Asia


Written by Rajesh Daniel Thursday, 18 January 2018 11:15

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The Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) in collaboration with SEI has published its Fifth State of the Environment Report, which shows environmental challenges growing in number and complexity.


Måns Nilsson takes on role of Acting Executive Director of SEI


Written by Tom Gill Wednesday, 17 January 2018 14:55

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The move follows Johan L. Kuylenstierna’s decision to step down during the leadership recruitment process.

How can climate finance work better for small island developing states?


Written by Nella Canales Monday, 15 January 2018 10:59

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Despite record high levels of global climate finance the increase in flows to small island developing states is negligible. This blog looks at solutions.

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