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SEI strengthens ties with partner institutes in Sweden and Colombia


Written by Caspar Trimmer Wednesday, 01 February 2017 10:06

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In January 2017, SEI signed new memorandums of understanding with Lund University and the Alexander von Humboldt Biological Resources Institute.

Analysis shows how climate finance to Pacific Islands varies across countries


Written by Marion Davis Monday, 30 January 2017 16:24

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In 2010–2014, a total of US$748 million in official development assistance focused on responding to climate change flowed to the 15 nations, mainly bilaterally

Final Obama administration analysis shows expanding oil supply increases CO2


Written by Peter Erickson Monday, 30 January 2017 05:12

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A Bureau of Ocean Energy Management report shows ceasing new Arctic and Gulf of Mexico drilling could decrease global CO2 by over 2 billion tonnes cumulatively, more than the annual CO2 emissions from the entire U.S. transportation sector.

SEI ranked as world’s most influential environment policy think tank


Written by Marion Davis Thursday, 26 January 2017 00:00

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The Global Go To Think Tanks Index aims to increase the profile, performance and impact of think tanks and create a network of centres of public policy excellence.

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.

Why data access matters: the NDC Explorer reveals new insights on national climate action plans


Written by Pieter Pauw, Kennedy Mbeva and Adis Dzebo Monday, 16 January 2017 00:00

SEI 2017 blog NDC Explorer sm A new interactive tool shows how countries address different mitigation, adaptation and finance priorities in their nationally determined contributions under the Paris Agreement.

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.

Obama’s Arctic oil ban advances key climate test


Written by Marion Davis Friday, 30 December 2016 00:00

SEI 2016 oped Arctic oil sm Efforts to slow the expansion of fossil-fuel infrastructure can help forestall further entrenched interests and carbon emissions until more far-reaching and cost-effective policies can be put in place.

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.

Sveriges roll i en oviss framtid – nytt program om geopolitik och hållbar utveckling

Press release

Written by Ylva Rylander Monday, 19 December 2016 13:00

Mistras styrelse har beslutat investera 155 miljoner kronor i tre nya forskningsprogram över en fyraårsperiod. Ett av dem är Mistra Geopolitics som omfattar en total budget på 58 miljoner kronor, varav 48 miljoner kronor kommer från Mistra. Programmet kommer att ledas av Stockholm Environment Institute och starta under våren 2017.


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.

Take a deep breath – here’s what 2016 revealed about the deadly dangers of air pollution


Written by Gary Haq Tuesday, 13 December 2016 00:00

SEI 2016 blog Deep breath sm If anything, 2016 has showed us that poor air quality is a scourge of the developed and developing world alike – and that it requires immediate action. We need to clean up our act.

What makes a good climate service? Learning from practice


Written by Sukaina Bharwani Tuesday, 06 December 2016 18:41

SEI 2016 blog COP22 Climate services sm From texts about pests to climate podcasts for women farmers, panellists at a COP22 event co-hosted by SEI offered many useful examples and insights.

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