Events

Date & Time
Friday, February 23, 2018 - 10 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Location
Field Auditorium, first floor of Environment Hall, 9 Circuit Drive, Durham, NC (Duke University Campus)
Research Opportunities with the Southeast Climate Science Center

Join Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions 10 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Friday, February 23, to learn about the Department of the Interior's Southeast Climate Science Center, one of eight regional climate science centers managed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center.

North Carolina State University acts as the host institution for the center. Duke University just joined as a member. At this event, researchers from North Carolina State University, USGS, and Duke University will give lightning talks about their work on climate science, climate impacts on ecosystems and people, and decision making for climate adaptation. The program will also feature discussion on ideas for new collaborative research in the Southeast. 

Lunch will be provided. Space is limited, so please register in advance.  

Date & Time
Friday, February 23, 2018 - 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location
Duke in DC, 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Suite 500, Washington, DC 20004
Accelerating Global Energy Access

Please join the launch of the Energy Access Project Friday, February 23, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

Jim Rogers, former CEO and chairman of the board for electric utility Duke Energy, will deliver the keynote address. A CEO in the power sector for almost 25 years, Rogers has been an advocate for energy-efficiency investment, modernization of electric infrastructure, and global energy access.

With nearly a third of humanity lacking reliable electricity and three billion people without clean fuels and technologies for cooking, energy access represents one of the greatest challenges of our time. In response, Duke University has launched its Energy Access Project, a research and policy project focused on supporting viable pathways to sustainable and modern energy solutions for all. This event will be an opportunity to learn about what's already underway at Duke and join Rogers and other experts across government, industry, and nonprofits to help shape the Energy Access Project's 2018 agenda.

Date & Time
Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location
Webinar
Conservation International Rapid Ecosystem Services Assessments and Mapping

Rachel Neugarten, Conservation International’s director of Conservation Priority Setting, will discuss the organization's approach to mapping important places for ecosystem services in a webinar 3-4 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 22. The discussion will include how this approach informs conservation priority-setting for Conservation International, as well as trends in protected area spatial representation of ecosystem services in five countries.

Date & Time
Friday, February 2, 2018 - 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Location
Levine Science Research Center, DEL Classroom A158
The Roads to and From the Paris Climate Agreement

Andrew Light, professor of philosophy, public policy, and atmospheric sciences at George Mason University and a distinguished senior fellow with the World Resources Institute, will present the lecture "The Roads to and From the Paris Climate Agreement" on Friday, February 2 from 10-11 a.m. in the Levine Science Research Center on Duke University's west campus. 

In December 2015 over 190 countries met in Paris for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change where they succeeded in creating a new international climate agreement. The agreement is now undergoing an early and serious stress test with the announcement of the intended withdraw of the United States from the agreement. Light will discuss the significance of the Paris Agreement and why it is worth fighting for its preservation. He will also look at what the future holds for global climate cooperation, including new opportunities for enhanced climate action.

This talk is part of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the University Program in Environmental Policy seminar series featuring leading experts discussing a variety of pressing environmentally focused topics. 

Date & Time
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location
Webinar
Mapping Ecosystem Services in Maryland to Inform Decision Making

Elliott Campbell and Rachel Marks from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will discuss the DNR’s new online tool for ecosystem service quantification in a webinar 3-4 p.m. ET Wednesday, January 31.

Date & Time
Friday, January 26, 2018 - 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Location
Levine Science Research Center, DEL Classroom A158
Power and Influence in International Climate Finance Institutions: The Importance of Funding Rules and Practices

Erin Graham, assistant professor Department of Politics at Drexel University, will discuss "Power and Influence in International Climate Finance Institutions: The Importance of Funding Rules and Practices," 10-11:15 a.m. Friday, January 26, in the Levine Science Research Center on Duke University's West Campus.

Graham's talk will discuss how the provision of financial assistance to developing states is central to the international climate change regime. In the wake of developed states’ commitment to provide $100 billion in climate finance each year, international climate finance institutions (ICFIs) have proliferated. ICFIs have important distributional effects; they determine which recipients receive funds, the types of projects that are eligible, and the size of any financial support. Graham will discuss her data on funding rules and practices across nineteen ICFIs. She'll share research findings demonstrating that ICFI funding rule design is consistent with the argument that funding rules offer donors a key indicator of control; ICFI funding rules often do not reflect institutional stereotypes as favorable to developed or developing states; and informal funding practices can mitigate the effects of formal rules. 

This talk is part of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the University Program in Environmental Policy seminar series featuring leading experts discussing a variety of pressing environmentally focused topics. 

Date & Time
Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Location
BOOK TALK: Ahmadieh Family Grand Hall, Gross Hall 330; ENERGY MIX: Energy Hub, Gross Hall first-floor lobby
The Fracking Debate: The Risks, Benefits, and Uncertainties of the Shale Revolution

Daniel Raimi, a 2012 graduate of Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy and former research associate with the Duke University Energy Initiative, will speak about his new book The Fracking Debate: The Risks, Benefits, and Uncertainties of the Shale Revolution from 4-5 p.m. ET on January 25. REGISTER NOW. 

From 2013 to 2016, Raimi traveled to every major oil- and gas-producing region of the United States to investigate the local impacts of increased domestic shale production. Along the way, he met hundreds of people and gathered dozens of stories from the oilfield. 

The Fracking Debate (Columbia University Press) combines these stories with an in-depth, accessible, and balanced examination of the current state of research on the most commonly asked questions related to fracking. The Fracking Debate provides answers for anyone interested in the big questions of the shale revolution, and the tools to understand future developments and controversies.

After the talk, you can head down to the first floor of Gross Hall, where the January Energy Mix will be starting up. Never been to an Energy Mix? Triangle-area energy professionals will join Duke University students, faculty and staff for food, drink, and networking. Raimi will be signing books at the Energy Mix, and copies will be available for purchase (credit or check only) from Duke University’s Gothic Bookshop. 

The book talk and Energy Mix are co-sponsored by the Duke University Energy Initiative and the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. Free parking will be available in the Chemistry Lot on Science Drive starting at 3:30 p.m.  Registration is required, as seating is limited.  

Date & Time
Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 3 p.m. to Friday, January 19, 2018 - 11:30 a.m.
Location
Field Auditorium, First Floor of Duke Environmental Hall, Durham, NC
Constructing Africa’s Future: The Environmental and Social Implications of Chinese-Financed Infrastructure in Africa

WEATHER ALERT: All Thursday programming associated with this event has been cancelled. An abridged version of Friday's programming will take place 10 a.m.-noon. Please check back for further updates. 

Hear leading academics, journalists, policymakers, and NGO experts discuss the environmental and social Implications of Chinese-financed infrastructure in Africa on Thursday, January 18 and Friday, January 19 on the Duke University campus. The workshop will assess how Duke/DKU and partner institutions can contribute to infrastructure planning in Africa so as to optimize its impact on the environment and global health.  

Date & Time
Monday, January 8, 2018 - 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Location
Duke in DC, 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Suite 500, Washington, DC 20004
Understanding the Chinese Carbon Market Proposal
Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and Georgetown University will host a lunchtime talk on Understanding the Chinese Carbon Market Proposal 12:30-2 p.m. Monday, January 8, in Washington, D.C. 
 
Experts will discuss a December announcement committing China to a national carbon market that will offer companies incentives to reduce emissions.
Date & Time
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Location
Marriott at Research Triangle Park, 4700 Guardian Drive, Durham, North Carolina
Greenhouse Gas Reduction Proposals under the Clean Air Act

Tim Profeta, director of the Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will discuss Greenhouse Gas Reduction Proposals under the Clean Air Act at the 42nd Annual A&WMA/ASME Information Exchange on Wednesday, December 13. 

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