Op-eds

Published opinions written or co-written by SEI researchers, often in major newspapers from around the world.

 

Enabling architecture

Written by Jenny Roe and Amanda Nioi Thursday, 05 March 2015 00:00

This article argues design is integral to thinking about social care, and offers examples of how enabling architecture can help older people to flourish in later life despite frailty, chronic ill health or impairment.

Source: Architecture Ireland

   

NAZCA Portal: Capturing and catalysing climate action at all levels

Written by Sander Chan, Pieter Pauw, Harro van Asselt, Tom Hale and Todd Edwards Friday, 12 December 2014 00:00

This article highlights the value of the NAZCA Climate Action Portal, which aims to demonstrate the strategic action being taken by non-state actors either individually or as part of cooperative initiatives.

Outreach, UK

   

A wealth of untapped potential: How low-carbon innovation can fuel economic growth

Written by Marion Davis and Tan Copsey Thursday, 04 December 2014 00:00

This article, based on the work of the New Climate Economy project, highlights how addressing climate risk can create opportunities for businesses and governments to promote innovation and economic growth.

Source: Outreach, UK

   

Taking a longer view of recovery in the world’s most disaster-prone region

Written by Frank Thomalla, Michael Boyland, Karlee Johnson and Louis Lebel Wednesday, 03 December 2014 00:00

This article argues for a more holistic, longer-term and resilience-oriented approach to addressing disaster risk reduction and recovery, and describes a new project led by SEI Asia that aims to understand how to handle recovery more effectively. 

Source: Outreach, UK

   

Assessing the EU’s new climate and energy framework

Written by Harro van Asselt Thursday, 27 November 2014 00:00

This article looks at some of the economic and competitiveness issues raised by the climate targets proposed by the European Union, the world’s largest single market.

Source: BIORES, Switzerland

   

Brazil's environmental record hangs in the balance

Written by Toby Gardner Friday, 07 November 2014 13:01

In the past decade Brazil has constructed the largest network of protected areas, including indigenous lands, in the world. The federal government also launched a major programme to combat deforestation in the Amazon. Thanks in large part to these initiatives, clearance of Amazonian forests decreased by 83% between its peak in 2004 and 2011. This is rightly heralded as one of greatest environmental success stories of the 21st century. But are things about to change?

SEI Research Fellow Toby Gardner writes about the threats to the country’s unique ecosystems from a series of legislative changes that are weakening conservation and threaten to undermine Brazil’s global environmental leadership.

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation www.trust.org

   

Climate change adaptation a hot topic for the Swedish forestry sector

Written by Johan Kuylenstierna, Åsa Gerger Swartling, Gregor Vulturius, Olle Olsson, Peter Repinski Monday, 06 October 2014 20:11

 

A new study by SEI shows that over a third of forest owners believe that they lack the knowledge and capacity to adapt their forestry to climate change. Collaboration between researchers, authorities, forest companies and forest owners is necessary to raise the level of knowledge, find appropriate solutions for increasing adaptation capacity, and so avoid unnecessary costs for both society and the industry. 

Source: Skogsaktuellt 2014 (translated)

   

Ny tid kräver nytt politiskt ledarskap

Written by Johan Kuylenstierna et al Thursday, 26 June 2014 14:50

Sveriges kommande regering måste inleda ett omfattande förändringsarbete, där målet är en mer hållbar ekonomi med nollutsläpp av växthusgaser. Riksdag, regering och kommuner måste också samspela mer effektivt och dynamiskt. Det skriver sju företag och organisationer med ett hållbart samhälle i fokus. Supervalåret 2014 ger oss möjligheter till en bredare politisk diskussion vad gäller den samverkan och de åtgärder som behövs - i Sverige såväl som internationellt. Samspelet mellan miljö- och klimatmålen, resurseffektivisering och den ekonomiska politiken kräver ramverk som är bade långsiktiga och öppnar för breda lösningar, primärt över blockgränserna, Dessa frågor är inte mindre viktiga frågor än den traditionella utrikes- eller säkerhetspolitiken.


Source: Insider Almedalen 2014

   

Toilets for all: a big challenge for India’s government

Written by Johan L. Kuylenstierna and Prakash Kumar, WASH Institute Friday, 20 June 2014 19:23

Johan L. Kuylenstierna and Prakash Kumar, CEO of the WASH Institute, discuss the challenges of universal sanitation in India and the key role productive sanitation could play.

Thomson Reuters Foundation Trust.org

   

Integrated Flood-Risk Management in Sweden

Written by Åse Johannessen and Jakob Granit Tuesday, 04 March 2014 23:00

Government Gazette, EU

   

Klimatförhandlingar bör inte dödförklaras

Written by Harro van Asselt, Marie Jürisoo, Adis Dzebo et al. Saturday, 23 November 2013 21:58

FN:s klimatförhandlingar i Warszawa har nyss avslutats. Även detta år har de fått utstå mycket kritik för att vara ineffektiva och långsamma. Men framstegen är ungefär de som kan förväntas och inget skäl att försöka skjuta ner FN-processen. Vi hävdar istället att denna kritik av klimatförhandlingarna är orättvis på grund av alltför högt ställda krav, skriver en rad forskare gemensamt.

Brännpunkt Klimatet, SvD Opinion, Sweden

   

Private sector finance for adaptation in LDCs: Perceivable, potential, or improbable?

Written by Clarisse Kehler Siebert and Adis Dzebo Wednesday, 20 November 2013 00:00

Clarisse Kehler Siebert and Adis Dzebo emphasise the need for the Green Climate Fund to acknowledge and consider the challenges associated with private sector investment in adaptation.

   

Bristen på toaletter skördar liv

Written by Johan L. Kuylenstierna et al. Tuesday, 19 November 2013 06:00

Hygien i dag är det den internationella Världstoalettdagen. Hela 2,5 miljarder människor saknar i dagsläget en ren och säker toalett att gå till. Detta får förödande konsekvenser – varje dag dör 2000 barn i sjukdomar orsakade av dålig sanitet och smutsigt vatten. Men trots att sanitet är ett milleniemål prioriteras inte frågan internationellt. Vi vill uppmana biståndsminister Hillevi Engström att ta ansvar och föra upp frågan om rena toaletter på bordet, skriver företrädare för bland annat WaterAid, Svenskt Vatten, Indiska, Karolinska institutet och Svenska FN-förbundet.

SVT Debatt, Sweden

   

Tre stora utmaningar i klimatförhandlingarna

Written by Richard Klein och Marie Jürisoo Monday, 11 November 2013 00:00

I november möts världens politiker i Warszawa för att fortsätta diskussionen om ett bindande klimatavtal. De har framförallt tre stora utmaningar att ta i tu med. skriver Richard Klein och Marie Jürisoo, Stockholm Environment Institute.

   

Business must understand that the climate cannot wait

Written by Richard J.T. Klein Saturday, 09 November 2013 00:00

Businesses must understand their exposure to climate risk, create green demand, and focus on long-term resource efficiency investments if the worst scenarios outlined in the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment report are to be avoided, argues Richard J.T. Klein.

   

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