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Flawed 'LCA' study on AI gives false impression about the state-of-the-art in environmental assessment

Recently, a student pointed me to a publication that compares the impact of AI-generated text and pictures with human-generated content. With its headline finding, “AI systems emit between 130 and 1500 times less CO2e per page of text gener...
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The Legacy Environmental Footprints of Capital

28 Jul 2023
by Ranran Wang and Edgar Hertwich. Manufactured capital assets, such as buildings, machinery, and transport equipment, play a pivotal role in driving economic development and human progress. Yet, a common misconception pins greenhouse gas emissio...
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Can a small island be sustainable?

  The role of material stocks and livestock in shaping the sociometabolic transition of the past, present and future on the Greek island Samothraki  Doctoral thesis by Dominik Noll This doctoral thesis is empirically capturing effects...
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Islands at Risk - Analyzing Resource-use Dynamics from a Socio-metabolic Research Perspective

By Francisco Xavier Felix Martin del Campo (ISIE profile) Our resource-use dynamics is posited as an important example of complex systems in need for better understanding. These have contributed significantly to the improvement in global material...
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Socio-metabolic research and public policy: workshop findings

29 Nov 2022
How can industrial ecology become more policy-relevant? About 30 industrial ecologists explored this question in a workshop at the ISIE-SEM 2022 conference in Vienna. During the workshop, which was organized by Stijn van Ewijk, Philip Nuss, and Al...
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Thanks for a great ISIE-SEM 2022!

Transforming socio-economic metabolism in times of multiple crises 19-21 September 2022, Vienna, Austria The ISIE-SEM conference 2022 that took place from 19-12 September 2022 in Vienna was a great success. More than 180 colleagues from the wo...
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Life-Cycle Information for Banks and Investors

26 Oct 2022
Never before have climate risks been so starkly visible. This Ocotober, the worst floods in a decade killed 600 in Nigeria. In September, Hurricane Ian devastated swaths of Florida, causing 100s of billions USD in damage. In August, one third of P...
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Sustainability and Transitions Research: Taking the High Road

In a recent opinion paper, [1] Julian Kirchherr complains about that “up to 50% of the articles that are now being published in many interdisciplinary sustainability and transitions journals may be categorized as “scholarly bullshit&rd...
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Green growth now !

05 Apr 2022
by Edgar Hertwich, Ranran Wang, Valentina Assenova.   Summary: Concerned about GHG emission reductions slowing economic growth, China and India weakened the COP26 Glasgow Climate Pact. Our research suggests decarbonization and growth are in...
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Is e-waste a threat or an opportunity for small-island economies to transition to a circular economy?

Elham Mohammadi (ISIE profile) Electronic waste is considered a global ecological issue as well as a valuable source of materials by an immense body of research. Various concerns have been raised about e-waste, including air, water, and soil poll...
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The evolution of consumer electronic waste in the United States

03 Nov 2021
Shahana Althaf and Callie Babbitt   Today we live in a technology-dependent world, where new electronics are constantly flooding the market and consumers are tempted to upgrade their working gadgets with newer and shinier models. As a resul...
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Community Solar Prioritization Tool

25 Feb 2021
My Center - the California Center for Sustainable Communities, -- has just recently launched a new tool. The solar opportunity map is a web tool built to assist community-based organizations to find the best p...
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