Ocean News

Virdin Appointed Nicholas Institute Ocean and Coastal Policy Program Director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, January 22, 2015

CONTACT: Melissa Edeburn
(919) 684-1133  melissa.edeburn@duke.edu

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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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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