Ocean & Coastal Policy Program News

Is Blue Growth the Beginning or End of a Healthier Ocean?

Across the globe, countries are increasingly looking seaward in search of new economic opportunities, including oil, gas, and mineral extraction from the sea floor, renewable energy development, and biotechnology. The push to expand this so-called “blue economy” comes at a time when the ecological health of the oceans is seriously degraded. The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solution’s John Virdin and Linwood Pendleton examine whether blue growth helps or harms efforts to achieve a healthier ocean ecosystem in The Economist

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Q&A with Linwood Pendleton: Co-Author of Study on Economic Impacts of Ocean Acidification

Ocean acidification is a global, long-term problem whose ultimate solution requires carbon dioxide reduction at a scope and scale that will take decades to accomplish successfully.

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Mussels, Clams Hit by Ocean Acidification: How Effects Could be Forestalled

There's a growing understanding of the factors that contribute to ocean acidification in coastal areas and how shellfish respond. The Christian Science Monitor reports on a new study, co-authored by a Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions researcher, which looks at the risks to shellfish and identifies areas where livelihoods are most at risk.

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Virdin Appointed Nicholas Institute Ocean and Coastal Policy Program Director

DURHAM, N.C.—John Virdin has been appointed director of the Ocean and Coastal Policy Program at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.

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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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Innovative Ideas in Enforcement: What the Future of MPA Surveillance Could Look (and Even Sound) Like

Linwood Pendleton, senior scholar at the Nicholas Institute, is among the experts interviewed by MPA News for a story about enforcement of marine protected areas. In this Q&A style piece, Pendleton discusses fines and their social impact as well as the concept of optimality and its application.

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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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Two-Week Summer Program In Venice Explores Impacts Of Sea Level Rise

Graduate and undergraduate students from around the world are exploring the impacts sea-level rise will have on coastal cities and areas as part of a two-week program in Venice, Italy, offered by Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and the Venice International University. Brian Murray, director of the Environmental Economics Program at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, is among the instructors. 

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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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Laine Welch: Salmon is King, but Other Fisheries are Swimming Along

This news roundup by the Alaska Dispatch mentions appointments to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. John Henderschedt, who leads the Fisheries Leadership & Sustainability Forum for the Nicholas Institute, was reappointed to for a Washington seat. His term is three years.

 

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