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Ashley Ward, senior policy associate at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, spoke with Axios about why many have been slow to recognize that summers are becoming deadlier. Ward also noted that while structural changes are critical for addressing extreme heat’s health impacts, communities and public servants also have a role to play.

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.

Kay Jowers was part of an expert panel that discussed research-based solutions to the climate crisis during Duke’s annual Research Week.

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.

Utilities and their customers face growing challenges to the affordability of basic water services in communities across the country. Over the last year, the Nicholas Institute’s Water Policy Program has been exploring the causes and scale of these challenges and ways to potentially address 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.

In addition to keeping people safe and warm in their homes, bans on evictions and utility shutoffs might also limit the spread of COVID-19, new research from Duke University suggests. Kay Jowers told HealthDay that people forced to leave their homes may have to move to places with less social distancing, making them more vulnerable.

A new economics working paper from Duke University underscored the public health dimension of concerns that utility shutoffs are being kicked down the road during the COVID-19 pandemic, Bloomberg CityLab reported.

Kay Jowers told Energywire that a new Duke University analysis found moratoria on utility service shut-offs were "actually an effective intervention for stopping the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19."