• Policy Work Affects Local Efforts

    It’s through the Nicholas Institute's adaptability—and through the premium placed on collaboration—that we are finding opportunities to break down barriers to environmental progress. In this year’s annual report, we describe projects that bring together teams that draw on whatever expertise best illuminates the problem and its potential solutions.

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  • New Analysis Examines Clean Power Plan Costs

    A new paper uses the Nicholas Institute’s Dynamic Integrated Economy/Energy/Emissions Model to evaluate Clean Power Plan impacts on the U.S. generation mix, emissions, and industry costs. It indicates that industry trends are likely to make Clean Power Plan compliance relatively inexpensive, with cost increases of 0.1% to 1.0%. 

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  • 2017 Winter Forum

    Co-sponsored by the Nicholas Institute, the 2017 Winter Forum, Power to the People: Tackling Energy Inequality through Clean Energy Solutions, will be held January 8-10, 2017. At the event, students will compete to develop the best solutions for unequal energy access at home and abroad using case analysis and storytelling skills. 

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  • The Ecological Benefits and Economic Costs of Protected Areas

    Join us 3-4:30 p.m. September 9 for a lecture by Paul Armsworth of The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Armsworth will discuss how protected areas provide a corner-stone in efforts to conserve biodiversity in the face of ongoing habitat loss and degradation. 

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  • Contributions of LiDAR to Ecosystem Service Planning and Markets

    A new Nicholas Institute paper reviews the drivers and co-benefits of expanded light detection and radar (LiDAR) data investment and presents a case study of forest carbon markets in California to illuminate how this investment compares to investment in the acquisition of field sampling and other data. 

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  • Transport of Hydraulic Fracturing Waste

    In the Journal of Environmental Management researchers report that transportation of waste associated with the development of unconventional oil and gas in Pennsylvania increases the cost of road repairs there and in surrounding states. Between July 2010 and December 2013, the estimated cost to repair roads damaged by trucks ranged from $3 million to $18 million. 

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  • Clean Power Plan: Cost Distribution Impacts

    Assuming the Clean Power Plan survives judicial review, utilities and other power producers are likely to be in different positions--some will benefit from the rule and others will face costs to comply. A new Nicholas Institute policy brief explores the distributional impacts of choosing rate- and mass-based approaches to comply with the rule.

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  • Economic Tools to Promote Transparency and Comparability in the Paris Agreement

    The Paris Agreement culminates a six-year transition toward an international climate policy architecture based on submission of national pledges... Read More
  • Transport of Hydraulic Fracturing Waste from Pennsylvania Wells: A County-Level Analysis of Road Use and Associated Road Repair Costs

    Pennsylvania’s rapid unconventional oil and gas development—from a single well in 2004 to more than 6700 wells in 2013—has dramatically increased... Read More
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  • The Role of Nuclear Energy in a Clean and Safe Energy Future: A Conversation with Governor Christine Todd Whitman

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  • Fall 2016 Seminar Series: The Ecological Benefits and Economic Costs of Protected Areas

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    Study: Glacial Lakes Appearing in Antarctica
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    Americans View of Climate Change Polarized; U.N. Targets May Be Tough to Achieve

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