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

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

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

Q&A: First steps on implementing Agenda 2030 in Estonia

Q&A: First steps on implementing Agenda 2030 in Estonia

Estonia is one of 22 countries presenting voluntary reviews of their implementation of the 2030 Agenda this week at the High-Level Political Forum (HLFP) on Sustainable Development. The HLPF is the central platform of the United Nations for follow-up and…

Fossil fuel subsidy reform: 3 insights from a candid discussion

Fossil fuel subsidy reform: 3 insights from a candid discussion

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

SEI receives 5-star transparency ranking for third year running

SEI receives 5-star transparency ranking for third year running

SEI has again topped an international ranking for transparency among major think tanks. The 2016 report published by Transparify scored 200 influential think tanks in 47 countries.

Forest degradation sharply undercuts benefit of Brazil Amazon conservation

Forest degradation sharply undercuts benefit of Brazil Amazon conservation

A new study finds that in the state of Pará alone, selective logging, road-building, fires and other disturbances have reduced biodiversity as much as clearing 92,000–139,000 km2 of pristine forest.

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

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

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.

Can a rugged Latin American palm become a major sustainable biofuel source?

Can a rugged Latin American palm become a major sustainable biofuel source?

A new study shows large potential for the macaw palm (Acrocomia aculeata), but warns more research is needed before commercial-scale cultivation.

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

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

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

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Managing environmental systems

Managing environmental systems


Growing populations, rapid urbanization and increased consumption put unprecedented pressure on land, water and air resources. We show how to manage these resources together to protect food security, human health and biodiversity.

Reducing climate risk

Reducing
climate risk


Emissions of greenhouse gases are built into our economic systems. Our research shows the benefits of a low-carbon future and describes how we get there by mitigating and adapting to climate change.



Transforming governance

Transforming governance


The social, institutional and political setting is vital for improving livelihoods, sustain- ability and resilience. We provide insights into good governance for sustainable develop- ment in the face of social and ecological change.


Rethinking development

Rethinking development


The global economy has brought welfare and prosperity to the world. But it has also depleted natural resources and vital ecosystem services. We set out alternatives for a sustainable future, from the planetary scale down to local, on-the-ground solutions.