News - Environmental Inequality

A growing body of research shows that people of color and people living below poverty levels are stuck in heat islands, much more so than their white and wealthier counterparts, reports Nature. “We have a lot of great research that we need to mobilize into feasible and effective policy solutions,” said Ashley Ward, director of the Nicholas Institute's Heat Policy Innovation Hub.

Duke Divinity School alumnus Ben Chavis coined the term "environmental racism" during 1982 protests in Warren County that gave birth to the environmental justice movement. Duke scholars discussed the movement since with Duke Today.

Roughly a quarter of households in Jackson, Miss., are challenged by unaffordable water services amid an ongoing water crisis. Lauren Patterson and Sophia Bryson explore trends driving water unaffordability in Jackson and other communities and discuss potential ways forward in an op-ed for The Clarion-Ledger.

In 787 communities served by the United States’ largest utilities, 17 percent of households (28.3 million people) spend more than one day each month working to pay for water services and sanitation services, according to a new analysis by researchers at Duke University.

Duke University had a robust presence at COP27, as scholars and students actively engaged with global decision makers. Nicholas Institute experts who were on the ground in Egypt share their thoughts on the outcomes of the conference.

The upcoming midterm elections could have a massive impact on this country’s ability to make progress on climate change, Duke scholars Kay Jowers and Geoffrey Henderson said Wednesday.

Over $36 million in initial gifts will launch the Duke Climate Commitment, a new university-wide initiative focused on addressing climate change.

The Duke Climate Commitment will be formally announced on Sept. 29 and builds on the university’s longstanding leadership in climate, energy and sustainability to educate a new generation of climate-fluent innovators and create equitable solutions for all.

The Inflation Reduction Act, signed Aug. 16 by President Joe Biden, offers “a significant bump” in the United States' projected ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Brian Murray told PBS NewsHour.

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.