News - Sustainable Infrastructure

China’s Belt and Road Initiative is potentially the most ambitious and widespread international infrastructure development effort ever, but it is generating concerns among the environmental community. Elizabeth Losos was among the BRI experts who spoke to Yale Climate Connections about potential environmental impacts from BRI, particularly the perpetuation of the use of coal and other fossil fuels in recipient countries.

An interdisciplinary group from two universities is taking a data-driven approach to help protect North Carolina’s drinking water supply.

Martin Doyle spoke with scilog about the challenges of bridging research and policy, regaining trust in public institutions, one-page memos, and windows of opportunity.

Developing countries are forecast to emit more carbon dioxide than developed ones by mid-century. Chinese investment is projected to speed up that process in key countries linked to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China’s global infrastructure plan, according to a new report.

Hundreds of millions of people across South and Southeast Asia depend on waters that originate in the long-frozen reaches of the Tibetan plateau. Yet, a sobering study shows that the melting of Himalayan glaciers has doubled in the last decade.

Adding "green" projects to China's global infrastructure push won’t be enough to make the effort environmentally sound, concluded a panel of experts at a June 19 event on the ecological considerations of China's Belt and Road Initiative. Senior fellows at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions Jackson Ewing and Elizabeth Losos were among the panel speakers.

On April 25-27, Chinese leaders met in Beijing with heads of state and delegations from more than 40 countries to discuss next steps in implementing the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China’s $1 trillion infrastructure investment program.

Nicholas Institute research associate Erik Myxter-lino joined the China-Africa Project podcast to discuss why he thinks it’s so difficult for the Chinese to explain what the Belt and Road Initiative is really all about.

To clarify environmental risks from Belt and Road Initiative road and rail development and examine best practices to address risks, World Bank researchers from Duke University have produced the working paper Reducing Environmental Risks from BRI Investments in Transportation Infrastructure.

Environmental risks vary both among and within different economic corridors of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China’s initiative to strengthen regional cooperation through infrastructure and investment.