Blogs

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

 

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.

Trase.earth/Medium.com

   

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 https://flic.kr/p/9DEhuN

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

SEI 2016 blog ASEAN crop insurance sm

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.

   

Closing the gap between Paris goals and fossil fuel production

Written by Michael Lazarus and Harro van Asselt Thursday, 13 October 2016 10:09

SEI 2016 blog Fossilfuels Oxford sm

It is time to get serious about supply-side climate policies. A conference organized by SEI offered perspectives from around the world, and several concrete ideas for how to move forward.

   

Time for bold leadership with our finances

Written by Per Bolund and Johan L. Kuylenstierna Tuesday, 11 October 2016 11:54

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To realize the ambitions of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals, we need to “reboot” the finance sector, to steer investment onto a low-carbon, sustainable pathway, argue Minister Per Bolund and Johan Kuylenstierna.

   

Will the US align fossil fuel production with climate goals?

Written by Peter Erickson Thursday, 06 October 2016 23:00

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Supply-side policies are now under consideration that could transform the climate policy debate and set an example for the rest of the world.

   

Belöna forskare som ger tillgång till forskningsresultat

Written by Cissi Billgren Askwall och Robert Watt Tuesday, 27 September 2016 23:00

National Library of Sweden. Photo credit: Erin via Flickr https://flic.kr/p/nQHzr4

Ska beslutsfattare, myndigheter, företag, media, skolan eller allmänheten kunna använda sig av forskningsresultaten behöver de göras tillgängliga på helt andra sätt.

Source: Dagens Nyheter, Sweden.

   

Signals from the Arctic: security concerns beyond historic experience

Written by Annika E. Nilsson Sunday, 18 September 2016 23:00

Pack ice off northern Baffin Island. Photo credit: Paul Gierszewski via Wikipedia

Understanding the implications of and responding to the signals of a changing climate, as shown by a thawing Arctic, is likely to be one of the major security challenges of this century.

Source: German Marshall Fund of the United States

   

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