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October Shift

October 2018
Sustainability News and Views Newsletter


Thursday, October 11, 2018, 1:00 pm ET
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At Interface they're convinced a fundamental change needs to happen in our global response to climate change. We need to stop just thinking about how to limit the damage caused by climate change and start thinking about how to create a climate fit for life. So why are they optimistic in the face of this seemingly impossible challenge?  Two things are stopping us from having a climate fit for life.... Read more here

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New Research from Valentina Prado

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Implementation of Stochastic Multi Attribute Analysis (SMAA) in Comparative Environmental Assessments

by Valentina Prado and Reinout Heijungs


The selection of an alternative based on the results of a comparative environmental assessment such as Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Environmental Input-Output Analysis (EIOA) or Integrated Assessment Modelling (IAM) is challenging because most of the times there is no single best option. Most comparative cases contain trade-offs between environmental criteria, uncertainty in the performances and multiple diverse values from decision makers. To circumvent these challenges, a method from decision analysis, namely Stochastic Multi Attribute Analysis (SMAA), has been proposed instead. SMAA performs aggregation that is partially compensatory (hence, closer to a strong sustainability perspective), incorporates performance uncertainty in the assessment, is free from external normalization references and allows for uncertainties in decision maker preferences. This paper presents a thorough introduction of SMAA for environmental decision-support, provides the mathematical fundamentals and offers an Excel platform for easy implementation and access.

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EarthShift Global Community Meeting with people working on the Race 4 GoodSolving Real World Problems at LCA XVIII

EarthShift Global had the honor to host a mini-Race4Good last week at the LCA XVIII conference in Fort Collins, CO last week. The event picked up on a challenge Lise Laurin presented at last year’s conference [link to award ceremony speech] to develop Cascading Non-Linear Solutions to today’s Cascading Non-Linear Problems.  (Find a link to her opening remarks here)

Problems like Climate Change are considered Cascading Non-Linear problems. As the planet warms, the ice caps melt and reflect less sunlight back to space. Instead, the darker oceans absorb the heat, warming the planet even faster. In addition, methane, a gas with high global warming potential, is released from the tundra, further exacerbating the problem. The worse it gets, the worse it gets.

But there are Cascading Non-Linear Solutions to these problems....

Read More here...



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