Environmental Economics Program News

News Tip: Experts Available for Comment on Paris Climate Conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, November 20, 2015

Duke experts will attend and participate in side events at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris (Nov. 30-Dec. 11), where a global climate deal will be negotiated.

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Dominion Airs Hopes for Va. State Compliance Plan ($)

Virginia's biggest electricity provider--Dominion Virginia Power--is asking the state to develop a rate-based plan for curbing carbon emissions under U.S. EPA's Clean Power Plan, rather than capping the total emissions of carbon dioxide allowed from power plants. This ClimateWire article makes mention that the state has been discussing carbon trading as part of regional talks with three groups--the North Carolina-based Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, the Midwest's Great Plains Institute and the Georgetown Climate Center in Washington, D.C.


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It’s Time to Have the Right Conversations

Seth Ginther writes in Biomass Magazine that it’s time to have fact-based and fair conversations about this industry, commending an article co-authored by the Nicholas Institute's Christopher Galik on “Sustainability Guidelines and Forest Market Response: An Assessment of European Union Pellet Ddemand in the Southeastern United States"

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Obama's Climate Rule will Tower over Regulators' National Meeting ($)

State electric regulators gather in Austin, Texas, this weekend for their first national meeting since U.S. EPA released its final Clean Power Plan in August, and attendees expect planning for the rule to dominate discussions. Sarah Adair, a senior policy associate at Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, tells ClimateWire that "Most states aren't ready to say definitively where they're going, but I think there's certainly an acknowledgement that, from an administrator's perspective, mass-based is simpler."

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California's Paris delegation: Who's Going and Who's Paying?

California may not be a member of the United Nations, but it will have a heavy footprint in December at the world summit on climate change in Paris. The Los Angeles Times recaps participation expected, making mention of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions' involvement.

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News Tip: Expert Available on Private Investment in Natural Resources

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015

Presidential memo released today encourages private investment in conservation of  America’s natural resources.

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Behind the Scenes, Most States are Exploring the Benefits of Carbon Trading ($)

Swaths of states are engaged in early regional talks about how to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan and whether to embrace carbon trading to keep costs down. These "no regrets" discussionsmostly coordinated by nongovernmental organizationsoffer a safe space for state air and electric regulators to share ideas and analyze how various paths forward might affect their power systems and economies.

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U.S. Federal Government Sends Agencies to Bat — For Nature and People

A memorandum released last week by the White House Office of Management and Budget, Council on Environmental Quality, and Office of Science and Technology Policy recognizes the power all U.S. federal agencies hold to affect human lives by changing nature, and asks them to act like it. The Nicholas Institute's Lydia Olander and the Nature Conservancy's Heather Tallis write about how agencies will consider the value of ecosystem services in decision making on the Cool Green Science blog. 

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Energy Initiative, Nicholas Institute help Duke connect on climate issues in China

A team of Duke University faculty brought their expertise on climate change, efficiency and other energy-related topics to China for a workshop at Duke Kunshan University (DKU) and visits to other universities and facilities across the country. The event was cosponsored by DKU, the Energy Initiative, and the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.

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China Will Pony Up $3.1 Billion to Help Poor Countries Fight Climate Change

China will commit to spending $3.1 billion to help developing countries slash their greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change. Of course, there is much we still don't know about China's plans, including which projects the new multi-billion dollar pledge will end up financing, Billy Pizer, faculty fellow, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University, told Mother Jones. "There's all these accounting questions.

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