• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • High Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Levels Threaten Coral Reefs, People

    As atmospheric carbon dioxide levels rise, very few coral reef ecosystems will be spared the impacts of ocean acidification or sea surface temperature rise, according to a new analysis in the journal PLOS One. 

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  • Sharing Groundwater: A Robust Framework and Implementation Roadmap for Sustainable Groundwater Management in California

    This working paper offers a framework and roadmap for development of a robust groundwater-sharing system consistent with California’s Sustainable... Read More
  • Potential Pathways: Future of the Electricity Sector in the Southeast—Workshop Summary, October 5, 2016, Durham, North Carolina

    The electricity sector is rapidly changing due to the shale gas revolution, a precipitous decline in coal generation, steep declines in the cost of... Read More
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  • Experts: If Clean Power Plan Perishes, GHG Regulation Almost Certain under NAAQS Program

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  • Nicholas Institute Publishes Paper on CO2 Strategy ($)

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  • Uncovering Connections Between Healthy Ecosystems and Healthy Communities

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  • An Accounting Approach to Ecosystem Services for Public and Private Sector Decision Making in the U.S.

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  • January 12, 2017
    Obama Pens Article in Science on Clean Energy, Climate Policy
  • January 5, 2017
    Fate of the Clean Power Plan Remains Uncertain

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