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.


Entrevista: Francisco Flores-López sobre los páramos y el suministro de agua en Perú

Written by Marion Davis Tuesday, 22 March 2016 02:46

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La protección del ecosistema de páramos es de suma importancia para la seguridad del recurso hídrico.

In Peru, turning páramo into grazing land threatens water supply

Written by Marion Davis Tuesday, 22 March 2016 02:19

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An SEI study in the northern Piura province shows human activity could shrink high-elevation Andean wetlands that provide up to 50% of the water available during the dry season.

Q&A: Sulev Nõmmann on trade-offs between wind power and marine protection in Estonia

Written by Helen Saarniit Monday, 21 March 2016 21:49

‘Eco-friendly’ wind farms could bridge the gap – and SEI research suggests citizens are open to the concept. 

SEI joins Arctic officials and indigenous groups in Fairbanks, Alaska

Written by Ylva Rylander & Claudia Strambo Tuesday, 15 March 2016 15:11

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The Arctic Council’s Senior Arctic Officials and indigenous Permanent Participant organizations are meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska on 16-17 March to discuss the Council’s projects, structure and functioning, and its future work.

New guidance lays out a path to cleaner air in Asian cities

Written by Howard Cambridge and Marion Davis Friday, 11 March 2016 16:49

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SEI York experts co-authored a new framework of actions that national and municipal governments need to take to tackle devastating air pollution.


Improving our relationship with oaks

Written by Howard Cambridge & Saskia Angenent Wednesday, 09 March 2016 17:10

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Stories of oak tree health - York scientists join an interdisciplinary project on Acute Oak decline

US$ 850,000 grant by Gates Foundation to continue SEI maternal and child health project

Written by Sarah Odera and Tom Gill Wednesday, 09 March 2016 10:47

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The grant recognizes the success of a pilot study that showed how an incremental cash reward can incentivize expectant mothers to honor all their appointments for antenatal care, birth and postnatal care.

EviEM - providing the evidence base for environmental management

Written by Anna Löfdahl Thursday, 03 March 2016 00:00

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In the beginning of the year, the Mistra Council for Evidence-Based Environmental Management (Mistra EviEM) moved from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences to SEI Stockholm.

Global assessment highlights threats to pollinators that are vital to food supply

Written by Helen Saarniit Monday, 29 February 2016 21:11

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SEI Tallinn’s Kaja Peterson was a review editor for a major report that shows many pollinator species worldwide are being driven toward extinction by diverse pressures, many of them human-made.

Can county-level energy planning give the people a stronger voice? Lessons from Kenya

Written by Marion Davis Thursday, 18 February 2016 17:57

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A new study examines how county governments can achieve meaningful citizen participation to better understand and meet energy end-users’ needs.

Q&A: Frank Thomalla on how science and technology can support the Sendai Framework

Written by Marion Davis Wednesday, 17 February 2016 06:07

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SEI is part of a global effort to better align disaster risk reduction research with policy and practice – the focus of a major conference in Geneva.

Air pollution beyond safe limits in Nairobi’s informal settlements, finds study

Written by Sarah Odera Monday, 15 February 2016 11:15

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The concentrations of harmful particles from burning wood and charcoal as well as from vehicles and industrial plants in the informal settlements of Nairobi exceed WHO recommendations for a healthy environment for human beings, says a new SEI study.

New Nordic Centre of Excellence focusing on Arctic mining communities

Written by Ylva Rylander Monday, 08 February 2016 15:08

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A Nordic Centre of Excellence funded by NordForsk will build an interdisciplinary research environment to provide new thinking about sustainable development, with a focus on Arctic mining.

SEI maintains No. 2 ranking in 2015 Global Go To Think Tank Index

Written by Marion Davis Monday, 01 February 2016 22:28

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For the third year in a row, SEI has been ranked as the second most influential environment think tank in the world in a survey by the University of PennsylvaniaThink Tanks and Civil Societies Program.

Stories of change from the Mekong: Celebrating 10 years of SUMERNET

Written by Rajesh Daniel Monday, 01 February 2016 21:02

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Partners in the Sustainable Mekong Research Network gathered in Bangkok last week to take stock of their work’s impact since 2005.

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