• Top Fisheries Report
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    Top Fisheries Report

    The latest SOFIA report mentions a forthcoming study co-authored by our own John Virdin that is expected to be the most extensive study on small-scale fisheries' contributions to communities and countries around the world.

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    Internet of Water

    Our Internet of Water project has been awarded start-up support by six foundations. Learn how the funding will support the development of a national digital water data and information framework.

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  • Ecosystem Services and Judge-Made Law

    Ecosystem Services and Judge-Made Law

    Our own Lydia Olander and Steve Roady co-author a new article suggesting courses of action for furthering Ecosystem Services protection through the court systems of common law countries.

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Nicholas Institute Pioneers Policy Tool to Balance Carbon Emissions and Allowance Prices for Cap-and-Trade Programs
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Nicholas Institute Pioneers Policy Tool to Balance Carbon Emissions and Allowance Prices for Cap-and-Trade Programs

Cap-and-trade programs provide economic incentives for achievement of a specified level of reduction in targeted emissions. Learn how the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions developed a tool critical to the sustainability, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness of two such U.S. market-based programs: The Northeast's Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and California's cap-and-trade program. Both programs, which are designed to reduce power plant emissions, use an allowance reserve concept developed by Duke researchers to keep emissions allowance prices from rising beyond the reach of potential buyers.