Our SEI researchers share their expert opinons and perspectives on a broad range of issues and topics.


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.

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.

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.

How data visualizations can help build a ‘mental map’ of complex water resource problems

Written by Laura Forni Tuesday, 29 November 2016 00:00

SEI 2016 blog Dataviz sm The human mind is highly visual, so when people see information in graphic form, instead of just talking about it or reading numbers, they can recognize patterns.

Five ways the Paris Agreement can address oversupply of fossil fuels

Written by Michael Lazarus and Harro van Asselt Tuesday, 22 November 2016 00:00

SEI 2016 blog Fossilfuels Paris Agreement sm The Marrakech talks may not have tackled the gap between global climate goals and fossil fuel production, but individual governments don’t need to wait to show leadership.

Is Asia ready to transform disaster risk reduction? Insights from AMCDRR 2016

Written by Michael Boyland Tuesday, 15 November 2016 15:11

Families affected by monsoon-related flooding in Bogra, Bangladesh, last August, were given emergency cash payouts. Climate Centre / Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0) The Sendai Framework laid out an ambitious agenda for DRR, and Asian nations have a plan to put it into action – but more needs to be done to address the underlying drivers of risk.

Showcasing the potential of Trase

Written by SEI and Global Canopy Programme Sunday, 13 November 2016 13:07

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This series of blogs explores how businesses, governments, civil society and others can use our new transparency platform to promote more sustainable, deforestation-free supply chains.


Feeding the world, sustainably: Perspectives from the UN’s top food policy forum

Written by Katja Bessonova Sunday, 30 October 2016 14:13

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The 43rd meeting of the Committee on World Food Security brought together world leaders to tackle key challenges. SEI’s Katja Bessonova wrote a series of blogs on the discussions.


Are trade agreements good or bad for the climate?

Written by Susanne Dröge and Harro van Asselt Friday, 28 October 2016 00:00

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Trade deals and the World Trade Organization are widely seen as detrimental to climate mitigation efforts, but they could also work to support them.


Learning to be a bridge: A ‘clinic’ for climate knowledge brokers

Written by Sukaina Bharwani Tuesday, 25 October 2016 18:14

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As the field of climate services evolves, it is ever-more important to identify best practices and learn from one another. That’s why the Climate Knowledge Brokers Group is so valuable.


Inclusive local planning is vital for successful climate adaptation in peri-urban areas

Written by Rajesh Daniel & Bernadette P. Resurrección Monday, 24 October 2016 23:00

October 2011 flooding in the Bangkok region. Photo credit: Petty Officer 1st Class Jennifer Villalovos via Wikipedia Commons. Public domain.

A recent study of peri-urban areas and climate risks in Thailand led by SEI’s senior researcher Bernadette Resurrección argues that comprehensive, locally based urban planning is crucial to long-term climate adaptation.


How can scientists play a bigger role in shaping the future of cities?

Written by Anna Taylor & Mònica Coll Besa Wednesday, 19 October 2016 10:38

Yaoundé, capital of Cameroon. Photo credit: Ville Miettinen via Flickr CC BY-NC 2.0

Producing actionable information for urban decision-making is crucial in order to take early action for urban resilience, yet policies and practices to reduce the risks of climate change are slow to materialize in many cities.



Can insurance help Southeast Asia’s farmers cope with climate change?

Written by Gregor Vulturius and Michael Boyland Tuesday, 18 October 2016 19:27

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The ASEAN countries are looking to scale up and diversify their efforts to build resilience in the agriculture sector, which faces increasingly frequent crop failures.


Fossil fuels in court: lessons from Colombia

Written by Claudia Strambo Friday, 14 October 2016 10:46

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Legal activism against coal, oil and gas extraction can make a big difference to the climate, but it is important to recognize local stakeholders’ own priorities.


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