Virdin Appointed Nicholas Institute Ocean and Coastal Policy Program Director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, January 22, 2015

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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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State Fortunate to Have Pair of Senators Who Lead

"The partisan gridlock that’s preventing Washington from solving the nation’s toughest problems is not a law of nature," said Advisory Board Mark Tercek and his coauthors in a commentary for The Telegraph. "It’s the individual choice of our elected officials. All it will take to make progress on big issues is for leaders of courage and conscience to put aside politics as usual and work to find solutions."

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MEM or MBA? Nicholas Faculty Engage Prospective Students in Online Information Sessions

“The electricity sector is at the very beginning of a major transition. By about 2050, the entire infrastructure will be replaced,” says Jonas Monast. In the Duke Environmental Leadership (DEL) Program newsletter, the Climate and Energy Program director noted that the major factors leading to change in the electricity sector are being driven by economics and regulations, which are core components of the DEL Master of Environmental Management program.

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The Dangerous Underestimation of Climate Change's Cost

Is the social cost of carbon six times higher than the U.S. government figure, as a Stanford study contends? Faculty fellow William Pizer says the Stanford figure is most likely an overestimate.

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Researchers Say the Social Cost of Carbon Will Be 6 Times the Obama Administration's Estimate

In responding to a Stanford study suggesting that the social cost of carbon should be much higher that the estimate currently used by the U.S. government, faculty fellow William Pizer said, “To me, it [the Stanford figure of $220 per ton of CO2] just seems like it has to be an overestimate.”

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Carbon Pollution Costs More Than U.S. Government Estimates

Faculty fellow William Pizer questioned the methodology of a Stanford analysis that put the social cost of carbon at $220 per ton. He pointed out that the analysis relied on the impact on national economies of short-term temperature spikes rather than on long-term trends that might reveal permanent economic reductions. “I just think this is another data point that someone needs to weigh as they're trying to figure out what the right social cost of carbon is. But this isn't like a definitive new answer.”

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Frances Beinecke Reflects on Fight for Environment

Nicholas Institute board member Frances Beinecke reflects on her career as steps down as president of the Natural Resources Defense Council. “One thing I’ll say after many years in this field is nothing is protected without a lot of vigilance,” she stated. “When you think you win something, nothing is ever permanently won.”

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Building a Bridge between Business & Nature: An Interview with The Nature Conservancy’s Mark Tercek

“Investing in nature is in everyone’s best interest,” said Nicholas Institute board member Mark Tercek in an interview about his role at Nature Conservancy, his background in the environmental policy space, and his thoughts on business aspects of environmental issues.

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10 Reasons to Be Encouraged We Made Real Environmental Progress in 2014

The U.S.-China climate accord topped Mark Tercek’s list of encouraging environmental outcomes in 2014. The Nicholas Institute board member and The Nature Conservancy president and CEO also highly ranked a doubling of the global amount of protected oceans and state ballot measures that raised $29 billion for investments in conservation.

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Six Lessons Learned From the Front Lines of the Climate Fight

In a blog for the Huffington Post, Nicholas Institute board member Frances Beinecke discussed lessons learned in her 20-plus years of fighting climate change.

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