• Coal-to-Gas Transition Alters Pennsylvania Water Consumption

    Extraction of coal and natural gas and power generation from both fuels contributed to a yearly 2.6 to 8.4 percent increase in water consumption in Pennsylvania from 2009 to 2012. However, impacts varied across the state as some areas experienced no change or large decreases in water conumption, according to a new working paper.  

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  • Energy Initiative Director Steps Down, Murray Named Interim Lead

    Duke has named Brian Murray, director of the Nicholas Institute's Environmental Economics Program, the interim director of the Energy Initiative, after Richard Newell steps down.

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  • Doubling the Value of Water in the West

    Discussion of water reform in the western U.S. has thus far failed to explore opportunities to increase the value of water rights. In Water Economics and Policy, Mike Young reflects on lessons from Australia’s search for a water rights that could increase the contribution water makes to the economy, the environment, and communities.

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  • U.S. Federal Government Sends Agencies to Bat for Nature, People

    The Nicholas Institute's Lydia Olander co-authors a post on the Cool Green Science blog about how federal agencies must now consider the value of ecosystem services in decision making. 

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  • New York Times Mentions Study

    The New York Times writes that nearly 40 nations and many smaller jurisdictions are engaged in some form of carbon pricing. They mention a study by the Nicholas Institute and Sustainable Prosperity that finds British Columbia's tax helped cut emissions but has had no negative impact on the province’s growth rate.

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  • Data Intelligence for 21st Century Water Management

    The latest report from the 2015 Aspen-Nicholas Water Forum explores water and big data to understand how the emergence of large, but dispersed, amounts of data in the water sector can best be utilized to improve the management and delivery of water for a more sustainable future. 

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  • Clean Power Plan: Considerations for Mass-Based Plans

    A new Nicholas Institute policy brief explores the implications of including or excluding new sources in mass-based state plans to comply with the Clean Power Plan. Among it's findings: that covering new sources may make compliance harder or easier, depending on assumptions about future electricity demand and the resources to meet it.

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  • Doubling the Value of Water in the American West

    Progress on water reform in the western United States has been slow. Little discussed are opportunities to increase the value of water rights and... Read More
  • A Spatiotemporal Exploration of Water Consumption Changes Resulting from the Coal-to-Gas Transition in Pennsylvania

    During the early stages of Pennsylvania’s coal-to-gas transition, extraction and generation of coal and natural gas contributed to a yearly 2.6–8.4... Read More
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  • Climate Change and Agriculture: Revisiting the Evidence and Potential Solutions

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