Ecosystem News

Climate Panel Issues Dire Report as Renewables Make Little Impact

The latest comprehensive global scientific assessment of climate change, released on Sunday, sounds the direst warning yet about the need to drastically reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. But despite years of such reports, fossil-fuel use and human-caused emissions continue to rise, and renewable energy technologies have so far failed to make a significant difference. Tim Profeta, director of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, comments in this MIT Technology Review article.

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Scientists Sound the Alarm in Climate Change Report

Climate change driven by the burning of fossil fuels is already affecting life on every continent and in the oceans, and the window is closing rapidly for governments to avert the worst damage expected to occur later this century, scientists warned in one of the loudest alarms yet sounded by the international scientific community. Tim Profeta, director of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, comments in this Los Angeles Times article.

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County Races also Critical to Achieving Progressive Ideals

The Independent Weekly highlights candidates running for county races, mentioning Nicholas Institute's own Katie Locklier and her run for a seat on the Durham Water and Soil District.

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Water-Quality Trading Can Reduce River Pollution

Allowing polluters to buy, sell or trade water-quality credits could significantly reduce pollution in river basins and estuaries faster and at lower cost than requiring the facilities to meet compliance costs on their own, a new Duke University-led study finds. The scale and type of the trading programs, though critical, may matter less than just getting them started.

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Rockingham, Stokes Residents Fight Back Against Fracking

Amy Pickle, State Policy Program director at the Nicholas Institute and vice chair of the North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission, discusses a public meeting in Wentworth where Piedmont residents voiced their opinion about hydraulic fracturing in the state.

 

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The Carbon Cost of Upsetting the Shore

Climate scientists know with impressive accuracy how fast carbon dioxide is increasing in the atmosphere. A decade ago, there were about 370 parts per million of the heat-trapping gas floating around; today, the number is up to 393 or so. Much of that increase comes from the burning of fossil fuels like coal, gas and oil – but not all, and putting numbers on other sources is crucial to figuring out how to keep carbon emissions under control. This Business Spectator article discusses work by researchers at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions in the journal PLOS ONE.

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Nicholas School Will Welcome New Dean, New Building

The Nicholas School of the Environment will enter an era of transition this Fall with the arrival of a new dean and the completion of Environment Hall. Both the new dean and the opening of the new Environment Hall—the latter of which was made official in April—help to implement promising visions for the school's future, Brian Murray, director of the Environmental Economics Program the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and member of the University’s search committee for the selection of the new dean, told the Chronicle.

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Interdisciplinarity: The Next Frontier

In a race where its opponents have a head start of a few hundred years and several billion dollars, Duke has pushed the boundaries of education in an effort to catch up. For the university, one way to keep pace has been pushing the frontiers of a new academic arena: interdisciplinarity. This word is both a direction and a brand, a strategy and a tactic, a vision and a sales pitch. In the fight for tuition money, brand-name faculty and research grants, the University has advanced by promoting itself as a place where traditional boundaries are crossed and new types of collaboration are explored. Duke’s focus on interdisciplinarity has yielded real gains, in terms of both reputation and research. But this move away from a traditional academic structure is also changing the University in ways that may have lasting impacts on students, faculty, and the institution as a whole. This story in the Duke Chronicle mentions the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.

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North Carolina Red Wolf Struggles for Conservation Love, Survival

What may be America’s original wolf species faces a far different battle for survival on the far side of the nation than the predator debates of the Rocky Mountains. This Missoulian article features findings of a study on the red wolf by the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.

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