News - Sustainable Infrastructure

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In an interview with the China-Global South Daily, Nicholas Institute expert Elizabeth Losos discussed the G-7’s recently announced Partnership for Global Infrastructure Investment (PGII) and its relationship to China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

For G-7 nations to successfully advance a just-announced global infrastructure partnership, they must set widely recognized standards, argue Duke University experts Elizabeth Losos and Rob Fetter in a commentary at The Hill.

The recently merged Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and Duke University Energy Initiative benefited from the work of 55 dedicated student assistants during the 2021–2022 academic year.

The interdisciplinary crew of student assistants hailed from undergraduate and graduate degree programs across seven Duke schools. They brought diverse skillsets and perspectives to their roles, further developing their expertise by working on real-world projects advancing environmental progress.

Duke University experts will share insights about international climate policy with university students across the nation in a free virtual seminar series funded by the U.S. Department of State. The series is also open to the Duke community, including students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

A NOAA-led report released earlier this week finds seas could rise by up to a foot nationally by 2050 — triggering a “profound” increase in coastal flooding even in the absence of stronger storms and extreme rainfall. Martin Doyle spoke to Greenwire about the vision needed at the federal level to match the scale of the challenge.

Rising to the Moment

Duke Today took a look at new opportunities emerging around the university for Duke scholars and students to have a greater climate impact—with more on the way.

Discussions about where to focus investments in infrastructure and what to build are not informed by a complete accounting of the nation’s assets, leaving out many critical services that nature provides, write Stephen Posner, of the Gund Institute for Environment, and Lydia Olander, of the Nicholas Institute.

The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report made it clear that climate mitigation and resilience measures will both be necessary to stave off the worst of the impending climate perils, writes Elizabeth Losos in an op-ed for The Hill.

The International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (ICSI) announced that it will be co-hosting the webinar series Sustainable Infrastructure: Putting Principle into Practice. As part of its announcement, ICSI interviewed Elizabeth Losos about the series.

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.