• North Carolina’s Ocean Economy

    North Carolina’s ocean and coastal areas and their resources shape a unique and important segment of the state’s economy, particularly for its eastern region. A new working paper provides a first assessment of the existing information available to measure the size and extent of North Carolina’s ocean economy, and proposes next steps to transition to a blue economy.

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  • The Uncertain Future of Nuclear in the Southeast

    Beginning in 2030, the Southeast's nuclear power plants will begin to retire unless they receive an operating license extension. A new paper explores how the potential loss of nuclear plants interacts with region’s other electricity sector challenges and how states can address them. 

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  • Sustainable Groundwater Management Plan

    California's Sustainable Groundwater Management Act calls on local agencies to make better use of groundwater. A new working paper seeks to help the 127 basin communities required to develop sustainability plans by preparing a mockup of a water-sharing system that could be used to bring local groundwater use within sustainable limits.

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  • Study Assesses Oil, Gas Spills

    In the journal Science of the Total Environment the Nicholas Institute’s Lauren Patterson and co-authors examine spill data associated with unconventional oil and gas wells in Colorado, New Mexico, North Dakota, and Pennsylvania from 2005 to 2014. Across all four states there were 21,300 unconventional wells and 6,622 reported spills. 

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  • Regulating Greenhouse Gases with NAAQS

    A new paper examines the opportunities and challenges associated with regulation of greenhouse gases under the NAAQS program, drawing a comparison with the Clean Power Plan’s approach under a different section of the Clean Air Act. Though a program under NAAQS wouldn’t mirror the Clean Power Plan, it could support many of its key provisions.

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  • Decarbonizing the U.S. Power Sector

    A new paper describes U.S. power sector trends and relevant environmental goals. It examines obstacles to technology innovation and offers ideas from a range of experts on how to overcome these challenges to meet greenhouse gas reduction goals and accelerate innovation to advance low-carbon generation. 

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  • Unconventional Oil and Gas Spills: Risks, Mitigation Priorities and States Reporting Requirements

    An analysis led by the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, which appears in the journal Environmental Science & Technology,... Read More
  • Making Sure the Blue Economy is Green

    Given the growing and seemingly limitless capacity to industrialize the oceans, there is a need to reimagine how to effectively measure, monitor... Read More
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  • Power to the People: Tackling Energy Inequality through Clean Energy Solutions

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  • Assessing the Long-Term Impacts of International Aid for Forests

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