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Tim Profeta Reappointed as Nicholas Institute Director

Following a regular five-year review, Tim Profeta has been reappointed to a third five-year term as director of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Provost Sally Kornbluth has announced.

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Better Cooperation on Fisheries Could Help the Pacific Net Additional US$344 Million Every Year

In coverage of a World Bank report on the potential benefits of improved management of tuna fisheries by Pacific countries, the Financial quotes the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions’ John Virdin, a report co-author: “By improving sustainability through maintaining firm and shared catch limits, and by increasing economic value through collaborative access regimes such as the vessel day scheme, Pacific Island countries have the potential to significantly boost public revenues and support thousands of new jobs.”

 

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Pacific Countries Could Earn Much More From Tuna: World Bank

A new World Bank report says improved management of tuna fisheries can help Pacific countries earn as much as $US344 million annually. Pacific Islands Report says that the key challenge, according to the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions’ John Virdin, is reaping those benefits without depleting stocks. Virdin says that can be achieved by maintaining firm and shared catch limits and by increasing economic value through collaborative access regimes such as the vessel day scheme.

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World Bank says Pacific can Earn Much More from Tuna

A new World Bank report says better management of tuna fisheries can help Pacific countries earn up to $344 million annually and outlines a best-case scenario for the year 2040, where tuna fisheries will play a greater role in the region's economic growth. The report, co-authored by the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions' Ocean and Coastal Policy Program director John Virdin,recommends five policy strategies to help the region play a bigger role in economic growth: more regional integration; efficient fishing practices and catch limits; flexible access and eventual output rights for fleets; investment in skills and capacity; and the inclusion of coastal communities in fisheries planning.

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Fisheries Reforms Could Create US $344 Million in Extra Revenue: World Bank

Better management of Pacific tuna fisheries could allow countries to gain as much as $344 million in extra revenue per year, and create up to 15,000 jobs by the year 2040, according to a new World Bank report co-authored by the Nicholas Institute Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions' Ocean and Coastal Policy Program director John Virdin. In an interview with ABC Pacific Beat, Virdin says its important for the region to build on the hard work that's already been done to reform fisheries.

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Better Cooperation on Fisheries Could Help the Pacific Net Additional $344 Million Every Year

PORT VILA, May 12, 2016 – A new World Bank report says better management of tuna fisheries can help Pacific Island countries gain as much as US$344 million per year in additional sustainable revenues and create 7,500 to 15,000 jobs by 2040.

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Climate Accord and the Clean Power Plan

The United States and more than 150 other nations signed an agreement at the United Nations last week committing to lower greenhouse gas emissions. President Obama’s role in lobbying countries to sign on was bolstered by his own Clean Power Plan, which aims to limit emissions from existing power plants in the U.S., except a Supreme Court ruling recently put that plan on hold. Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions Director Tim Profeta discusses where the effort to slow climate change goes from here on BYU Radio's Top of Mind.

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States Still Thinking about CO2 Cuts Regardless of Rule Status ($)

Energy and environment officials from around the country are still considering opportunities to cut greenhouse gases from the electricity sector, regardless of the legal status of the Clean Power Plan. At a discussion among state regulators and lawmakers yesterday, several officials said the Supreme Court's decision in February to stay implementation of the federal climate regulation has not blocked broader discussions within states about decarbonizing their power sectors. In ClimateWire, Alexandra Dunn, executive director of the Environmental Council of the States, says that groups like the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions are filling the intellectual policy discussion void, knowing that "the reality is, in about a year, the teacher may reschedule the exam."

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University Offers Support for Third-Party Energy Sales with Open Letter to State Representative

A Duke letter, supporting the legalization of third-party energy sales in North Carolina, states that the university has made a commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2024 through “internal operational changes, community-wide initiatives, investments in innovative offsets with public and private partners and working with our electricity supplier to encourage reductions in emissions over time.” Nicholas Institute Director Tim Profeta told The Chronicle that Duke's largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions result from transportation and power usage on campus. To work toward a net zero carbon footprint, he said, the university created the Duke Carbon Offsets Initiative to invest in projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions elesewhere.

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EPA Air Chief McCabe to Address Meeting of State Regulators ($)

In a rundown of upcoming events linked to the story about McCabe, E&E publishing mentions that the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative meets in Boston on Friday for a spring stakeholder meeting. That afternoon, Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Resources for the Future, the Georgetown Climate Center and the Collaborative for RGGI Progress will present a learning session on the RGGI program's cost-containment reserve, which introduces new carbon allowances when prices reach a certain point. 

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