Ocean News

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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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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Nicholas Institute Builds Reputation for Connecting Policymakers to Latest Research

The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions work on policy options for petroleum refining, climate change policy, and a joint project  with the Duke Carbon Offsets Initiative that would assist Duke University employees in evaluating and obtaining rooftop solar energy systems are featured in the Spring 2014 edition of Sanford Insights.

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The Economic Case for Restoring Coastal Ecosystems

As America’s coastal cities expanded throughout the 19th century, the wetlands were often considered a nuisance that stood in the way of progress and development. We are increasingly learning the cost of losing landscapes once thought to be valueless. Investing in coastal restoration is good policy. It is not just the right thing to do for the environment; it is the right thing to do for coastal communities, vulnerable coastal populations, and the U.S. economy. In the words of former NOAA Chief Economist Dr. Linwood Pendleton, “restoring degraded marine and coastal habitat is critical if America’s coasts and oceans are to reach their economic and ecological potential.”

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Norton, Regas Join Nicholas Institute Board of Advisors

Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions appointed two new members to its Board of Advisors: Edward Norton and Diane Regas. Norton, senior advisor of TPG Capital, and Regas, senior vice president for programs at the Environmental Defense Fund, will serve three-year terms on the Nicholas Institute’s board.

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Stacking Trash Threatens Indonesian Coastal

Linwood Pendleton explains in Harian Terbit that pollution and waste is a major problem faced by coastal areas. A senior scholar at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Pendleton is meeting with Indonesian people across Java, Kalimantan, Sumatera, and Sulawesi to share perspectives on coastal conservation through the Embassy of the United States Jakarta-Indonesia U.S. Speaker and Specialist Program. 

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Researchers Remind Big Potential in the Coastal Zone Indonesia

Senior Scholar Linwood Pendleton,said the Indonesian coastal areas have a high potential that needs to be preserved. The talk was part of a lecture series put on by the Embassy of the United States Jakarta-Indonesia U.S. Speaker and Specialist Program.
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Indonesian Coastal Area has a High Potential

Senior researcher for ocean and coastal policy at Duke University Linwood Pendleton said the Indonesian coastal areas have a high potential that needs to be preserved, in Antara News. Pendleton is meeting with Indonesian people across Java, Kalimantan, Sumatera, and Sulawesi to share perspectives on coastal conservation through the Embassy of the United States Jakarta-Indonesia U.S. Speaker and Specialist Program in April. 

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Deep Sea Mining: Out of Sight, Out of Mind?

One of the major issues with deep-sea mining is that so little is known about its implications on the environment. Linwood Pendleton, senior scholar at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, comments in this blog post by Columbia University's Earth Institute. 

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