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During a virtual media briefing hosted by Duke University ahead of COP26, Drew Shindell and Kate Konschnik discussed the role of methane emissions in climate change, the benefits of reducing them, and how they can be better captured.

Stray methane is a sneaky pollutant that is hard to track and regulate. Kate Konschnik told the Casper Star-Tribune that regulations would ideally target operators’ methane outputs, but more research is needed to accurately estimate companies’ emissions for an output-based program.

Reducing methane emissions is crucial to fighting climate change. Kate Konschnik spoke with the Thomson Reuters Foundation for a video exploring readily available solutions and how to implement them.

Frequent use of exemptions may undermine public health protections of oil and gas setback policies, according to a new study led by researchers at the research institute PSE Healthy Energy, Harvard University, and the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Solutions at Duke University.

On March 5, Duke in DC hosted the event “Energy & Utilities,” part of its Beyond Talking Points series. The panelists—Greg Gershuny, Aspen Institute; Kate Konschnik, Nicholas Institute; and Brian Murray, Duke University Energy Initiative—listed their biggest areas of focus going into the Biden administration and new Congress and discussed the implications of the Texas blackouts in February.

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.

In a New York Times interactive story on America's changing energy mix, Kate Konschnik discusses the decline of coal and what may replace it.

NJ Spotlight reported on a trio of Duke University energy scholars—Kate Konschnik, Brian Murray, and Drew Shindell—who discussed the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on energy and the environment during a webinar.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has had a destructive effect on the oil industry, but may give lawmakers and policy experts a chance to do some productive, environmentally friendly long-term energy planning, three Duke University experts said Wednesday during a press briefing for reporters.

In 2018, Canada finalized regulations to reduce methane emissions from upstream oil and natural gas facilities, some provisions of which went into effect in January 2020. In an analysis of Canada's new rules for the International Energy Agency, Kate Konschnik and IEA's Frances Reuland write that action to reduce methane emissions is one of the most cost-effective options to reduce global emissions and an essential complement to efforts to bring down emissions of carbon dioxide.