Natural gas needs strong ‘guardrails’ if it is to serve as ‘bridge’ to low-carbon future

Natural gas needs strong ‘guardrails’ if it is to serve as ‘bridge’ to low-carbon future

New analysis shows replacing coal with gas in the power sector can bring significant benefits, but the climate-economy “win-win” seen recently in the U.S. may be hard to replicate – or even to sustain.

Productive discussions: exploring the sustainable development potential of sanitation in Africa

Productive discussions: exploring the sustainable development potential of sanitation in Africa

Productive sanitation, taken to scale, could be a key to broad-ranging sustainable development in many African countries. An SEI side event at AfricaSan 4 will revisit past experiences for lessons on how to make it happen.

SEI gathers experts in Nairobi to tackle barriers to energy access

SEI gathers experts in Nairobi to tackle barriers to energy access

On April 28 SEI brought together representatives of government, the private sector, civil society and academia from sub-Saharan Africa to generate recommendations for scaling-up access to modern energy services.

Q&A: Albert Salamanca on 25 years of socio-economic change in Northeast Thailand

Q&A: Albert Salamanca on 25 years of socio-economic change in Northeast Thailand

A research team returned to two villages in the province of Mahasarakham a quarter-century after first surveying households there. The changes are dramatic, but also more complex than might seem.

Why renewables are a safer bet than price-volatile oil

Why renewables are a safer bet than price-volatile oil

A new paper co-authored by SEI for the New Climate Economy project warns that low prices may not last, but urges countries to 'seize the day' to adopt much-needed energy system reforms.

Turning a hazard into an asset: the Asia Manure Knowledge Kiosk

Turning a hazard into an asset: the Asia Manure Knowledge Kiosk

SEI is working to raise awareness about improved manure management practices, build new knowledge, and remove barriers to adoption.

Q&A: Francis X. Johnson on the science and politics of bioenergy and sustainability

Q&A: Francis X. Johnson on the science and politics of bioenergy and sustainability

A major new book examines the potential for sustainable growth of bioenergy use, potential impacts, and the role of good governance in maximizing benefits and avoiding harm.

SEI at Global Soil Week 2015

SEI at Global Soil Week 2015

The SEI Initiative on Producer to Consumer Sustainability will be co-hosting a dialogue session on theory and practice in supply chain sustainability. Read about SEI experts' involvement in this year's Global Soil Week in Berlin.

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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.

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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.



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