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Carbon Offsets: Opportunities and Challenges for State Carbon Trading Schemes

The Environmental Law Program at Harvard Law School, the Harvard University Center on Environment, and the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University will hold a day-long conference on April 11, 2008 focused on the design of carbon trading schemes, with particular attention to offsets.

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Markets: Outside groups float compromise to 'safety valve'

The staffs of two nonprofit groups with important roles in shaping the leading Senate global warming bill are suggesting a compromise that would bridge one of the measure's biggest sticking points -- the uncertainty over what the carbon emissions cap-and-trade system will cost the nation's economy.

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Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition Names New Stewardship Award in Honor of Nicholas Institute’s Bill Holman

The Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition (HRWC) of Georgia and North Carolina has named a new stewardship award in honor of Bill Holman, director of state policy at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University.

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Governor candidates debate water use - Duke Chronicle

Four of the 10 candidates for governor of North Carolina gathered in the Griffith Film Theater Tuesday to discuss an issue that many of the state's voters are talking about for the first time-water.

“The Future of Water in North Carolina: A Gubernatorial Candidates’ Forum” Duke University

The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University is partnering with seven statewide organizations to host a public forum on water issues in North Carolina for gubernatorial candidates from 1 to 4 p.m., March 25.

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The history of the ’safety valve’ debate - Climate Progress

Congress’ effort to pass passing global warming legislation faces many sticking points, but few are as sticky — or as wonky — as the battle over whether a cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gas emissions should include what is called a “safety valve.”

Nicholas Institute Staff Teaching Three Courses

Staff members at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions are teaching three courses for Duke University graduate and undergraduate students this semester.

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Applying Lessons from Evolution to Security - Duke News

Organisms have figured out 'millions of ways' to keep themselves safe, says a Duke ecologist who has co-edited a book on that theme with an international security expert

US Senators Lieberman, Warner CO2 Bill Allows Emergency 'Offramps'

Timothy Profeta, director of the Nichola Institute for environmental policy solutions at Duke University, testified before the panel that if the long-term emission goals were strong enough, it should dissuade any entity from thinking it could buy its way out of compliance through allowances. Profeta is quoted in this story featured by the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones News Wires.

Farmers, Foresters, Investors To Receive First Major “How To” Manual On Turning Land-Use Practices Into Verifiable Greenhouse Gas Offset Credits

Comprehensive technical guide will provide detailed assistance for farmers, foresters seeking to participate in future U.S. carbon markets

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