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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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    2018 Annual Report

    The Nicholas Institute’s 2018 Annual Report is out. Read how we are deepening our leadership on global issues to meet 21st century challenges. 

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    The Last Republican Senator to Address Climate Change?

    In The Conversation, Tim Profeta, director of Duke's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, reflects on his time working with John McCain and Joseph Lieberman on climate legislation that helped to create McCain's legacy as a Republican leading the climate debate.

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    Affordable Clean Energy

    Our own Kate Konschnik discusses the Trump administration’s proposed replacement for the Clean Power Plan on BYUradio's Top of Mind. The proposed rule will give states more control over how aggressively they reduce their carbon emissions and what role they want coal to play in that mix.

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Nicholas Institute Researchers Help Frame International Carbon Credit Payment Processes under the United Nation’s REDD+ Initiative

More than a decade ago, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change introduced the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) Initiative to encourage local stakeholders in developing countries to reduce emissions from forest clearings. The idea was to place a financial value on maintaining forest-stored carbon. Learn about how our work contributed to the sustainability of the initiative by developing a payment design framework that, among other features, established a crediting baseline that is a point of reference for virtually every financing approach used for REDD+ activities.