• A Guide to Green Bank Design

    A Guide to Green Bank Design

    A new Nicholas Institute primer outlines the design elements of a green bank and explores how a green bank might leverage public funds in the Southeast to create a robust market for energy investment.

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  • Hurricanes Show Benefits, Limits of Dams
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    Hurricanes Show Benefits, Limits of Dams

    The dams at Falls and Jordan lakes worked during Hurricane Florence write the Nicholas Institute's Lauren Patterson and Martin Doyle in The News and Observer, but we shouldn't always count on that.

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    Conceptual Model Series

    A new Conceptual Model Series by the National Ecosystem Services Partnership (NESP) explains why ecosystem services conceptual models are useful for decision making. The series provides guidance for building models and describes NESP’s efforts to standardize and apply these models with federal partners.

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The Role of Small-Scale Fisheries in Feeding the World

Small-scale fisheries in coastal and inland communities across the world are a major component of the world’s food system. Despite their contribution to feeding a growing population in both the developed and developing world, the fisheries are often ignored in states’ policymaking, in part because their value has been poorly measured.The Nicholas Institute and the Marine Lab at the Nicholas School of the Environment are working with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and WorldFish on a new global study—Illuminating Hidden Harvests: The Contribution of Small-Scale Fisheries to Sustainable Development—that aims to make these fisheries’ contribution better known.