News - Sustainable Infrastructure
While the horserace of domestic greenhouse gas emissions between China and the U.S. often captures popular attention, countries can also have a big impact on emissions outside of their borders through development finance policy, writes Elizabeth Losos in The Hill.
Decommissioning obsolete infrastructure presents an unusual opportunity to decrease long-term government spending, improve public safety and restore the environment, writes Martin Doyle in an op-ed for The Hill.
Terrence Neal and Elizabeth Losos joined The Belt and Road Podcast to discuss their recent report that uses Ghana's $2 billion bauxite-for-infrastructure deal with Sinohydro as a case study to look into the environmental implications of resource-financed infrastructure agreements through the Belt and Road Initiative.
The Duke Center for International and Global Studies welcomed Joyce Msuya, Deputy Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and UN Assistant Secretary-General, for a dialogue with the Duke community on the highest long-term priorities identified by the UN75 Report Climate Change and Environmental Issues. The event was held in partnership with the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI).
Elizabeth Losos joined The China in Africa Podcast to talk about why reviving the Blue Dot Network might be the answer to challenging China’s Belt and Road Initiative. She also discussed why it’s critical to simultaneously tackle the climate crisis and confront the Chinese on infrastructure.
The Blue Dot Network is a fledgling effort by the U.S., Japan, and Australia to develop a globally accepted standard for certifying sustainable infrastructure projects. A U.S.-led program to invest in Blue Dot-certified projects could be an alternative to China's Belt and Road Initiative for developing countries, while spurring China to live up to its promise of a "green" BRI, writes Liz Losos in an op-ed for The Hill.
The Bass Connections program offers Duke students of all schools and levels an opportunity to collaborate on research addressing nuanced societal challenges. Guided by Duke faculty, students gain experience applying knowledge, research, and skills in interdisciplinary projects. Most project teams collaborate with partners outside Duke, including companies and government agencies.
President-elect Joe Biden's economic team is preparing to weave efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate clean energy production into the economic stimulus legislation that it is crafting, The New York Times reported. Tim Profeta said that including clean energy components in an infrastructure package "could be a big piece in the stimulus negotiations.”
A global "Build Back Better" sustainable infrastructure program could help the U.S. regain the soft-power advantage it has ceded to China while repairing relations with U.S. allies in the fight against climate change, writes Elizabeth Losos in an op-ed for The Hill.