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Water, climate change and peace: Lessons from 3 years in Colombia

March 4, 2016
Escobar, M.
Between 2012 and 2015, SEI-US Senior Scientist Marisa Escobar led a major project in Colombia that aimed to build climate change adaptation capacity in the country's watersheds by combining state-of-the-art modeling, technical training, and participatory techniques. The project, Ríos del Páramo al Valle, por Urbes y Campiñas (rivers from the moorlands to the valley, through cities and countryside), was funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). SEI worked with regional water management agencies to evaluate risks and competing demands for water and identify adaptation options to reduce vulnerability, support sustainable development, and help conserve vulnerable ecosystems. Escobar has synthesized lessons from the project in a blog (also available in Spanish).
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Exploring the case for supply-side climate policies

December 17, 2015
Lazarus, M. , Davis, M.
At the Paris Climate Change Conference and at countless rallies and demonstrations, activists have made it clear that they see growing fossil fuel supplies as a major threat to the climate, and they want governments to stop subsidizing fossil fuel production, stop investing in infrastructure that supports fossil fuel industries, and stop new mines and oil fields from being developed. Yet the term "fossil fuel" does not appear once in the Paris Agreement. Are policy-makers ignoring a key part of the solution to the climate problem? And if they did want to tackle the fossil fuel supply, how would they go about doing it? That was the focus of two events hosted at COP21 by SEI's Initiative on Fossil Fuels and Climate change.
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Cities and nations must align policies to achieve full urban mitigation potential

December 14, 2015
Broekhoff, D. , Erickson, P. , Lee, C.M.
Cities have emerged as pioneers in climate action. Through high-profile alliances such as C40 and the Compact of Mayors, urban leaders have also become prominent advocates for global climate action. Yet as important a role as cities play, a new SEI analysis funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies shows that on their own, they can only achieve a fraction of their mitigation potential. To achieve the rest, support from national and state/provincial governments will be crucial: from new laws, regulations and standards, to funding, to reforms that give cities the powers they need to take action.
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LEAP developer recognized as 'visionary leader'

October 20, 2015
Heaps, C.
For more than 20 years, Charlie Heaps has worked to develop and improve LEAP, the Long-range Energy Alternatives Planning system. He has traveled around the world, training hundreds of people to use the software – and teaching them new ways to think about climate and energy. He created COMMEND, an online community for energy planners in developing countries that now has more than 20,000 members. He has applied LEAP in numerous national, sub-national, regional and global studies, and secured funding to further expand LEAP's capabilities and to train more users. On October 16, Heaps was honored with one of the first-ever LEDS Global Partnership Leadership Awards, for "Leading Design".
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