News - Sustainable Infrastructure

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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.

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.

A Nicholas Institute report is sending a warning signal to the government of Ghana that, the cost of the proposed aluminum industry projects linked to the Sinohydro agreement would outweigh the potential benefits, writes