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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.

 

Building sustainable energy infrastructure in Africa is a careful balancing act

Written by Marion Davis Thursday, 19 January 2017 16:25

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A new SEI paper looks at experiences in Tanzania and Zambia to show the tensions between pursuing much-needed private investment and ensuring that benefits accrue to all citizens.
   

Nearly half of discovered U.S. oil resources are subsidy-dependent

Written by Marion Davis Tuesday, 10 January 2017 06:01

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An SEI and Earth Track study finds that at $50 per barrel, roughly the current oil price, federal and state incentives are decisive in the economic viability of 45% of new crude oil resources.
   

Geopolitics, sustainability and change – and what do they mean for Sweden?

Written by Caspar Trimmer and Ylva Rylander Wednesday, 21 December 2016 12:31

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SEI will lead a new research programme to investigate Sweden's choices in an uncertain global future.
   

From desalination to solar energy farming: the ‘nexus’ in action

Written by Jenny Seifert and Marion Davis Friday, 16 December 2016 18:19

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Morocco, the host of COP22, has ambitious climate mitigation goals, but also huge adaptation needs. Could it serve as a model for successful cross-sectoral approaches?
   

How to waste less food, end world hunger and save pollinators?

Written by Helen Saarniit Thursday, 15 December 2016 11:48

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Experts at the Sustainable Development Forum gave their advice on what each of us can do to contribute to a more sustainable future regarding food production and climate change.
   

14 years to go: Q&A with Åsa Persson on Agenda 2030 implementation

Written by Caspar Trimmer Tuesday, 13 December 2016 00:00

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A year after the new sustainable development agenda came on stream, countries are still grappling with how to turn it into national policy.
   

New U.S. offshore drilling would undermine climate targets, create ‘carbon lock-in’ and stranded asset risks

Written by Marion Davis Thursday, 01 December 2016 18:23

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An SEI analysis finds that offshore drilling in U.S. Arctic and Atlantic waters would only be consistent with a pathway that leads to 4°C of warming, not less than 2°C, as world leaders have agreed.
   

How to halve the per capita food waste in Estonia by 2030

Written by Helen Saarniit Wednesday, 30 November 2016 14:16

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A forum organized by SEI Tallinn considered many different strategies, from better labelling, to changes in waste collection, to technology-enabled food sharing.
   

Amid rapid change, major Arctic study highlights need to prepare for surprises

Written by Marion Davis Friday, 25 November 2016 11:17

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The Arctic Resilience Report, published today, is the first comprehensive assessment of ecosystems and societies in the region.
   

Why do people take part in citizen science?

Written by Howard Cambridge and Caspar Trimmer Wednesday, 23 November 2016 16:21

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A new report by SEI for the UK government explores what makes citizens collect and share their data.
   

Trase: Bringing ‘radical transparency’ to global supply chains

Written by Caspar Trimmer Friday, 11 November 2016 17:56

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A new online platform lets companies, governments and others track flows of "forest-risk" commodities from production landscapes to consumer markets.
   

SuSanA sanitation knowledge platform boosted by major new Gates grant

Written by Caspar Trimmer Tuesday, 08 November 2016 16:06

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The Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) enters a new development phase with US$2.7 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
   

What would make your city more sustainable?

Written by Marion Davis Monday, 07 November 2016 14:47

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A Twitter campaign started at Habitat III offers perspectives from around the world. Add yours by posting a photo tagged #MySustainableCity and letting us know!
   

Building talent and networks: Water projects recruit young South American researchers

Written by Marion Davis and Aubrey Cohen Saturday, 05 November 2016 00:00

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By engaging early-career engineers and scientists in Peru, Colombia and Bolivia – particularly women – SEI has improved gender inclusion and laid a foundation for long-term collaboration.
   

SEI at the Marrakech Climate Change Conference

Written by Marion Davis Thursday, 03 November 2016 00:00

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The meeting comes just days after the Paris Agreement’s entry into force. Twenty SEI staff are participating in more than two dozen events: on climate, energy and sustainable supply chains.
   

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