News - Sustainable Agriculture & Forestry

Over $36 million in initial gifts will launch the Duke Climate Commitment, a new university-wide initiative focused on addressing climate change.

The Duke Climate Commitment will be formally announced on Sept. 29 and builds on the university’s longstanding leadership in climate, energy and sustainability to educate a new generation of climate-fluent innovators and create equitable solutions for all.

An international group of sustainability scholars—including some from Duke University—has published a new guidebook that offers a “vision and a roadmap to a more impactful future” for higher education.

A suite of executive orders that President Biden will reportedly issue on Wednesday represent an important first step in combating climate change, Tim Profeta tells The New York Times.

Over 70 percent of rural Americans believe that environmental issues are very important, according to a Nicholas Institute report. The Environmental and Energy Study Institute spoke with rural leaders from across the country in an attempt to highlight the important transdisciplinary work being done to address climate change.

Robert Bonnie joined the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance's "Farm. Food. Facts." podcast to discuss his research into the question: is an urban/rural divide around the environment, and if so, what is it?

A new report from Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions examines effective strategies to engage America’s farmers, ranchers and forestry stakeholders who are vital to solving climate change, reports BioCycle.

The bipartisan Growing Climate Solutions Act introduced in the Senate could jump-start a market for carbon retained in the soil by farmers, marking a big policy step forward in enabling agriculture to provide solutions to climate change, writes High Plains Journal. Solutions from the Land is encouraging policymakers to take a close look at farmer-centric policies outlined in a new Nicholas Institute report.

Rural Americans have a tremendous stake in both the economy and environmental health and conservation. But despite their substantial reliance on natural resources and interest in conservation, rural voters often feel at odds with many proposed federal environmental policies.

America’s farms, ranches and forests are vital to addressing climate change, but rural voters tend to view federal environmental policy with skepticism. A new Nicholas Institute report outlines a series of natural climate solution policy ideas aimed at investing in rural communities in a way that earns their political support.