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    Expert Workshop TODAY

    The Great Plains Institute and the Nicholas Institute host an expert workshop on December 13 in Washington, D.C. for state officials and stakeholders exploring recent energy and environmental policy developments in the PJM region and the potential challenges in 2019.

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  • ACES 2018
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    ACES 2018

    Our own Lydia Olander, Sara Mason, and Katie Warnell will be among the speakers at the 2018 A Community on Ecosystem Services Conference (ACES). Their discussions will provide an opportunity for ACES attendees to explore how ecosystem services conceptual models and indicators can be used in decision making.

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  • Aspen-Nicholas Water Forum

    Aspen-Nicholas Water Forum

    The 2018 forum explored how integration could address the mismatch between what has traditionally been local solutions for local water issues and emerging water challenges that impact large geographic regions, multiple sectors, and different community functions.

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  • Internet of Water
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    Internet of Water

    The Internet of Water project, undertaken by Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, has been awarded $2 million by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

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  • Achieving Grid Reliability and Resilience
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    Achieving Grid Reliability and Resilience

    In Utility Dive, the Nicholas Institute's Kate Konschnik and Jennie Chen write that improving grid flexibility could achieve the aims of fuel security more cost effectively while modernizing and decarbonizing the grid.

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First Comprehensive Estimate of Blue Carbon Losses Drives Policy

When a Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions-led study provided the first comprehensive estimates of global carbon dioxide emissions from the loss of coastal marine ecosystems, the world was alerted to a serious climate change threat. Those emissions, as much as 1 billion tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year, were potentially 10 times greater than previously thought and rivaled total national emissions from some developed countries. Learn how the Nicholas Institute became one of the early investigators of payments for blue carbon protection.