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SEI at Our Common Future Under Climate Change

July 6, 2015
Erickson, P. , Lazarus, M.
Nearly 2,000 researchers from nearly 100 countries are participating in CFCC15, which aims to ensure that climate negotiators have the best and latest research to inform their work. The meeting will explore the latest scientific understanding of all dimensions of climate change management, from sustainable economic models and social attitudes, to technological innovations. SEI is convening two parallel sessions on 9 July.
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Taking stock of 3 years of participatory water resources adaptation planning in Colombia

June 6, 2015
Escobar, M.
For three years, SEI-US has worked to develop capacity for climate change adaptation in water resources management in Colombia's coffee-growing region and other areas. SEI developed models of the Río La Vieja and Alto Magdalena watersheds, built local capacity for water resources planning and adaptation, and worked to strengthen local institutions. A symposium on June 3, in Bogotá provided an opportunity to take stock of the project, bringing together experts and decision-makers to discuss the lessons learned.
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Natural gas needs strong 'guardrails' if it is to serve as 'bridge' to low-carbon future

May 28, 2015
Lazarus, M. , Tempest, K.
An SEI analysis for the New Climate Economy project shows the climate implications of increasing natural gas use are far from straightforward. While gas could, as many argue, provide a lower-carbon alternative to coal in the power sector, and help avoid "lock-in" of new coal power plants, it could also "lock-out" other, lower-emission alternatives. Without carefully designed policy "guardrails", using a natural gas as a "bridge" could be very risky.
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Q&A: Michael Lazarus on taking the helm of SEI's U.S. Center

February 20, 2015
Lazarus, M.
Michael Lazarus, who became Center Director on Jan. 1, has built his career at SEI. He joined the U.S. Center in 1989, when it was housed at the Tellus Institute in Boston, focusing on reform of the U.S. electricity sector and on energy planning and climate change mitigation capacity-building. In the early 2000s, after moving to Seattle, he turned his attention to state and local climate action, working with stakeholders in nearly a dozen U.S. states. He has also worked extensively on international climate policy, including carbon markets, and served on the Clean Development Mechanism's Methodology Panel.
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