• Pacific Catalyst Launch
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    Pacific Catalyst Launch

    Today marks the official launch of Pacific Catalyst, supporting initiatives to strengthen fisheries management in Pacific Island communities. Pacific Catalyst supports achievement of regional oceanic and coastal fisheries goals and the emergence of a new generation of fisheries managers.

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  • Balancing decision-making power
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    Balancing decision-making power

    A new policy brief co-authored by Jennifer Chen looks at how the balance of power differs across multistate transmission organizations and concludes that existing mechanisms in one region could be adopted in another to enable meaningful state input.

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  • Methane Emissions from the Oil and Gas Value Chain
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    Methane Emissions from the Oil and Gas Value Chain

    Tracking and reducing methane emissions from oil and gas operations needs an innovative approach, according to new report from the C.D. Howe Institute co-authored by Kate Konschnick.

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  • Deforestation Risks in China
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    Deforestation Risks along China’s New Silk Road

    A new blog post at The Brookings Institution co-authored by Elizabeth Losos and Lydia Olander, based on their new working paper, provides a simple framework and illustrations of how one environmental risk from the overland (“belt”) part of the BRI might be assessed.

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Recognizing the Clean Air Act’s Potential to Address Climate Change

In the summer of 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the final version of its Clean Power Plan, which regulates carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants under the Clean Air Act by establishing emissions targets unique to each state. The goal: achieve a 32 percent cut from 2005 levels by 2030. Years before the rule--in the midst of the congressional climate debate--researchers at the Nicholas Institute partnered with other Duke University faculty to explore the practical strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions using existing authority under the Clean Air Act. Learn how these scholars were among the first to recognize that the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Massachusetts v. EPA would likely require the EPA to take action to regulate such emissions under the 40-year-old rule.