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


What makes an ‘improved’ stove worth using? Insights from India

Written by Rob Bailis and Aubrey Cohen Monday, 15 August 2016 23:00


Early results from a project offering electric, gas and efficient wood cookstoves suggest only aspirational technologies really appeal – but how much they’re used remains to be seen.


In the Mekong Region, climate change poses real threat to food security

Written by Rajesh Daniel Saturday, 23 July 2016 07:25


Climate change is resulting in severe negative impacts on many food-producing areas of the Mekong Region, posing risks of food insecurity.


Fossil fuel subsidy reform: 3 insights from a candid discussion

Written by Harro van Asselt, Jakob Skovgaard and Marion Davis Monday, 11 July 2016 16:13


We understand the economics. We know some successful strategies. But mastering the politics – that’s the hardest part.


Raising the bar on mining: can Colombia’s government rise to local expectations?

Written by Claudia Strambo Wednesday, 29 June 2016 14:55

Big companies and national government must do their part to clean up Colombia’s mining industry, and recognize that local communities deserve a strong voice on where and how mining is done.


Why naming and shaming the world’s ‘most polluted cities’ is a terrible idea

Written by Gary Haq Monday, 27 June 2016 11:39

Not only is it misleading and inaccurate – it can also backfire by discouraging cities from monitoring and disclosing their pollution data.


Policy integration: don’t break down those silos just yet

Written by Åsa Persson Wednesday, 22 June 2016 13:19

Policy integration will be an important tool in implementing the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, but it's no miracle cure., UK


Main Street project aims to give central Tallinn back to the people

Written by Mari Jüssi and Helen Saarniit Tuesday, 21 June 2016 14:07

After decades of car-centred urban planning, Tallinn plans to give the centre back to its people and enliven urban culture by creating a pedestrian- and bike-friendly 21st century Main Street.



Can car labelling lead to better air quality and lower carbon emissions?

Written by Gary Haq Monday, 13 June 2016 15:56

Environmental labelling of products and services has been used as a way to ‘nudge’ consumers to make greener choices, but accuracy is crucial.


An Arctic mining town faces the monocity dilemma

Written by Claudia Strambo Monday, 16 May 2016 08:49

How global markets, climate policy and geopolitics could shape the future of Mirny, a Siberian city built on diamond mining.


How to better align climate goals with sustainable development

Written by Nathan Borgford-Parnell, Johan C I Kuylenstierna, Steffen Kallbekken, Harro van Asselt, Kevin Hicks and Drew Shindell Thursday, 12 May 2016 07:28

The Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA) should move away from CO2 equivalents in pledges and reporting, and instead have reductions of each substance reported separately.


U.S. again overlooks top CO2 impact of expanding oil supply… but that might change

Written by Peter Erickson Saturday, 30 April 2016 14:25

A 7.5-billion-barrel difference in U.S. oil imports would likely affect global prices, and increase consumption and emissions accordingly.


Why there’s no time to dally on the Paris Agreement

Written by Johan L. Kuylenstierna and Marion Davis Thursday, 21 April 2016 23:00

The treaty may enter into force well before 2020, but let’s not wait and see - let’s start delivering actions.


Electric cars are ready for a breakthrough: 8 steps to make it possible

Written by Måns Nilsson Tuesday, 12 April 2016 15:00

By following the example of pioneers such as Norway and California, governments could help EVs rise from their tiny niche to market dominance by 2030.


Transparency in agricultural supply chains – Key to protecting Amazon’s resources

Written by Toby Gardner, Caspar Trimmer, Javier Godar, Helen Bellfield, Rachel Mountain, Alex Morrice and David Sabogal Tuesday, 12 April 2016 14:29

If companies, civil society and governments band together to publish full and transparent information on agricultural supply chains, it could be an important step towards protecting the Amazon.


The UN’s climate science panel must adapt to stay relevant

Written by Richard Klein Monday, 11 April 2016 17:33

We have got used to vast IPCC reports, but in the coming years tailored studies focused on land, cities and the 1.5°C warming ceiling may be more useful to policy-makers.


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