News stories from SEI, covering a wide range topics, including Q&A features, reporting on new SEI research and projects, and our engement on key environment around the world.


Wastewater is the new black!

Written by Anna Löfdahl and Caspar Trimmer Wednesday, 31 August 2016 11:34

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A new joint SEI-UNEP book highlights how sanitation and wastewater management can catalyse sustainable development

Creating a shared understanding of ‘sustainability’ among California water users

Written by Aubrey Cohen Thursday, 25 August 2016 18:52

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In California’s Yolo County, SEI is bringing water users who have differing perspectives together to create a plan for sustainable use of groundwater.

SEI to highlight technology uptake, land rights and sanitation at Development Research 2016

Written by Tom Gill Monday, 22 August 2016 09:23

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At a major conference at Stockholm University focused on the 2030 Agenda, SEI researchers will showcase new ideas that link local solutions to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Digitalizing health data can save time, money - and lives - in Kenya

Written by Sarah Odera Wednesday, 10 August 2016 09:21

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Streamlining access to healthcare and patient information can have multiple benefits, according to an SEI paper presented at Nairobi Innovation Week.

Q&A: First steps on implementing Agenda 2030 in Estonia

Written by Helen Saarniit Monday, 18 July 2016 09:38

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Eili Lepik, Adviser to the Strategy Unit of the Estonian Government Office and responsible for preparing the national review talks about Estonia's challenges of implementing the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.

SEI receives 5-star transparency ranking for third year running

Written by Ian Caldwell Thursday, 30 June 2016 10:47

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SEI has again topped an international ranking for transparency among major think tanks. The 2016 report published by Transparify scored 200 influential think tanks in 47 countries.


Forest degradation sharply undercuts benefit of Brazil Amazon conservation

Written by Marion Davis Wednesday, 29 June 2016 16:13

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A new study finds that in the state of Pará alone, selective logging, road-building, fires and other disturbances have reduced biodiversity as much as clearing 92,000–139,000 km2 of pristine forest.

From swimming pools for snakes, to seatbelt handbags: Design students apply lessons in sustainability

Written by Helen Saarniit Monday, 27 June 2016 22:42

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SEI Tallinn helped to develop a special course at the Estonian Academy of Arts (EAA) that introduced environmental and social concerns in the creative process.

SEI at Almedalsveckan 2016

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SEI is convening and participating in 23 seminars and debates at this year's Almedalsveckan, Sweden's largest political event.

Can a rugged Latin American palm become a major sustainable biofuel source?

Written by Friday, 24 June 2016 01:27

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A new study shows large potential for the macaw palm (Acrocomia aculeata), but warns more research is needed before commercial-scale cultivation.

Is there a role for bioenergy in the global fight against hunger?

Written by Marion Davis Thursday, 23 June 2016 16:55

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A paper by an international team including SEI’s Francis X. Johnson argues that with good programme design, biofuel production can boost overall agricultural yields and food security.

Helping tourism enterprises to make sustainable choices

Written by Helen Saarniit Friday, 17 June 2016 11:40

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SEI Tallinn has started developing an e-learning tool to help hotels, tour operators and others in the industry to understand and reduce their environmental impact.

Can health campaigns spur adoption of clean cookstoves?

Written by Marion Davis Thursday, 16 June 2016 20:53

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Case studies in Cambodia and Kenya show a minimal impact on sales and willingness to pay for costly stoves – but suggest more sophisticated approaches could make a difference.

Q&A: Måns Nilsson on mapping SDG interactions

Written by Caspar Trimmer Tuesday, 14 June 2016 23:00

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A Comment piece published today in Nature describes a new framework for mapping and categorizing interactions between the Sustainable Development Goals.

Can offsets and biofuels make future international aviation growth ‘carbon-neutral’?

Written by Marion Davis and Aubrey Cohen Wednesday, 08 June 2016 22:16

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An SEI analysis finds significant potential for alternative jet fuels and especially offsets to reduce emissions, but stresses the importance of high standards and certification to avoid negative impacts.

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