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Is Foreign Trawling Benefiting West Africa?

A new blog post by John Virdin, Director of the Ocean and Coast Policy Program, explores the outcomes when poorer coastal African nations and island countries try to make money by selling access to their fish-abundant waters to companies from richer countries with large fishing fleets. "Done well, these arrangements can contribute significantly to the development of lower-income countries," Virdin writes.

Jackson Ewing

As Nations Fight for Control, South China Sea Coral Reefs are Dying in Silence

James Borton and the Nicholas Institute's Jackson Ewing say the devastation wrought by island building in the waters, mainly by China, is having a big impact on an already fragile ecosystem. Cooperation on scientific research and environmental management must be encouraged to limit the damage, and as a way to build trust.

Jim Rogers

Statement on the Passing of Jim Rogers

By Tim Profeta, Director, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, and the larger Duke University community, are heartbroken at the loss of our good friend, Jim Rogers. His passing yesterday leaves a void in the Institute’s leadership, on our campus, and across the world of energy and the environment. It is not a void that can ever truly be filled.

Peter Colohan

Colohan Becomes the First Executive Director of the Internet of Water

We are pleased to announce that Peter Colohan will be the first Executive Director to lead the Internet of Water, working to realize the vision of connecting water data for sustainability. Peter comes to us from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) where he served as the Director of Service Innovation and Partnership at the Office of Water Prediction.

'Any Real Action Will Require Legislation': Cooper's Climate Change Order Sets Goals for NC Emissions

Governor Roy Cooper recently signed an executive order on climate change, setting goals for the state's economy to reduce greenhouse emissions 40 percent from earlier levels by 2025.

“These goals by themselves do not really have much effect,” wrote Billy Pizer, faculty fellow in the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and Susan B. King Professor of Public Policy, in an article appearing in the Duke Chronicle. "Any real action will require legislation."

Moore Foundation Awards Internet of Water $2 Million

Moore Foundation Awards Internet of Water $2 Million

When it comes to water, critical decisions are made every day, regardless of data availability. But what if we could harness more data to make better-informed decisions? The Internet of Water seeks to fundamentally change how we manage water by improving access to more water data for real-time decision-making. The project, undertaken by Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, has been awarded $2 million by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

The Term "Republican Environmentalist" Is Not an Oxymoron

"[A] Republican environmentalist, historically, is not an endangered species or an oxymoron," writes William K. Reilly, former administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1989-1993), and Chair of the Nicholas Institute's Board of Advisors, in an analysis published in Scientific American.

Bridge Collaborative Roundtable

In September, the Bridge Collaborative and the United Nations Development Programme brought together more than 30 global leaders and experts in New York City to discuss the question: what steps can be taken to accelerate integrated actions for health and environment? Together, the group identified three steps for action, which will be critical to the achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

North Carolina GOP Candidates Embrace Climate Change

Several Republican candidates in North Carolina are embracing climate change, saying that humans are playing a role. Congressmen Ted Budd and George Holding made the comments during debates on Spectrum News.

Power-sector Emissions Drop Despite Trump Policies ($)

Carbon emissions tied to U.S. electricity generation have dropped 28 percent since 2005 to a total of 1,744 million metric tons last year — the lowest since 1987 — according to data the U.S. Energy Information Administration posted publicly, reports Greenwire. The nation's power sector continues to march toward meeting and surpassing the goals of the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, which the Trump administration has moved to water down.

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