Water News

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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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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Brian Murray Discusses the National Climate Assessment Report

Released May 6, the National Climate Assessment analyzes the impacts of climate change on various sectors and regions across the United States. Brian Murray, director for economic analysis for the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, discussed the huge and staggeringly comprehensive overview of climate change  with WPTF.

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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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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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Duke Faculty to Live Tweet During State of the Union

Using Twitter, Duke faculty members will provide real-time commentary on President Obama's "State of the Union" address, which begins at 9 p.m. Tuesday. Jonas Monast, director of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions Climate and Energy Program, will be among the individuals providing remarks. Follow the conversation with the hashtag #DukeChat

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Fracking Regulators Give Nod to Chemical Rule

State officials may be limited when responding to chemical accidents involving hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, after the North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission, the primary group tasked to develop fracking regulations, tentatively approved a rule this week that would limit the state’s access to information about certain chemicals used in fracking. Amy Pickle, director of the State Policy Program at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, comments in North Carolina Health News.

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