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U.S. again overlooks top CO2 impact of expanding oil supply… but that might change

April 30, 2016
Erickson, P.
SEI Senior Scientist Peter Erickson has been focusing attention on how changes to the supply of fossil fuels can affect consumption and, therefore, CO2 emissions. In a new blog post, Erickson looks into the U.S. Department of the Interior’s (DOI) plan to lease new areas in the Gulf of Mexico and Arctic for offshore oil and gas drilling. He found expanded oil production would lead to a net consumption increase of about 450 million barrels in the U.S. and 4 billion barrels elsewhere.
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In Peru, turning páramo into grazing land threatens water supply

March 22, 2016
Flores, F.
An estimated that 40 million people depend directly on Andean páramos for their water resources. In Peru's Piura region, near the Ecuadoran border, SEI has estimated that although páramos cover only 5% of the watershed area, they contribute up to 50% of river flows during dry seasons in those watersheds. SEI set out to build capacity within local communities, government agencies and regional water resource management authorities to conserve and manage páramos in the Piura region. Using SEI’s Water Evaluation and Planning (WEAP) system, SEI Senior Scientist Francisco Flores-López and colleagues developed a comprehensive model to simulate the impacts of both climate change and human activities, as well as the benefits of potential adaptation measures.
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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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