• Freshwater Health Index
  • Ecosystem Services and Judge-Made Law

    Ecosystem Services and Judge-Made Law

    Our own Lydia Olander and Steve Roady co-author a new article suggesting courses of action for furthering Ecosystem Services protection through the court systems of common law countries.

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  • Closing the Global Energy Financing Gap
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    Closing the Global Energy Financing Gap

    A new policy brief outlines the energy financing gaps in emerging markets and analyzes how the new tools and authorities proposed under the BUILD Act legislation would equip the U.S. development finance institution to respond to those financing needs.

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  • Catalyst Program
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    Catalyst Program

    Five projects received funding in the second year of the Nicholas Institute's Catalyst Program. The program increases engagement with Duke faculty to incubate and advance new partnerships, enhance policy-relevant knowledge, and create innovative policy solutions based on new creative synergies.

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  • Contribution of Fisheries
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    Contribution of Fisheries

    A new report co-authored by our own John Virdin synthesizes current understanding of capture fisheries’ contributions to food and nutrition security and explores drivers of those contributions.

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The Creeping Disaster That Led to Water Law
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The Creeping Disaster That Led to Water Law

In 2007, North Carolina was facing a relentless drought that led to mandatory statewide water restrictions. The crisis renewed attention to the importance of an assured water supply in the state. Learn about how a North Carolina General Assembly request resulted in a Nicholas Institute study co-led by the University of North Carolina that examined ways to more effectively deal with water conflict, future scarcity, and drought. The 59-page document details nine measures for the General Assembly to consider during the 2009 legislative session to ensure a secure water supply. Two of those recommendations would become law.