News Tip: Experts Available for Comment on Paris Climate Conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, November 20, 2015

Duke experts will attend and participate in side events at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris (Nov. 30-Dec. 11), where a global climate deal will be negotiated.

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Dominion Airs Hopes for Va. State Compliance Plan ($)

Virginia's biggest electricity provider--Dominion Virginia Power--is asking the state to develop a rate-based plan for curbing carbon emissions under U.S. EPA's Clean Power Plan, rather than capping the total emissions of carbon dioxide allowed from power plants. This ClimateWire article makes mention that the state has been discussing carbon trading as part of regional talks with three groups--the North Carolina-based Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, the Midwest's Great Plains Institute and the Georgetown Climate Center in Washington, D.C.


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It’s Time to Have the Right Conversations

Seth Ginther writes in Biomass Magazine that it’s time to have fact-based and fair conversations about this industry, commending an article co-authored by the Nicholas Institute's Christopher Galik on “Sustainability Guidelines and Forest Market Response: An Assessment of European Union Pellet Ddemand in the Southeastern United States"

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Our Impact: The Creeping Disaster That Led to Water Law

Learn about how the Nicholas Institute's recommendations on water supply and ecological flow planning became law in North Carolina.

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ACIR Responds to Students’ Transparency Concerns at Forum

The Duke Chronicle features Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions director Tim Profeta's participation in a story recapping discussion at Duke’s Advisory Committee on Investment Responsibility meeting.

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Obama's Climate Rule will Tower over Regulators' National Meeting ($)

State electric regulators gather in Austin, Texas, this weekend for their first national meeting since U.S. EPA released its final Clean Power Plan in August, and attendees expect planning for the rule to dominate discussions. Sarah Adair, a senior policy associate at Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, tells ClimateWire that "Most states aren't ready to say definitively where they're going, but I think there's certainly an acknowledgement that, from an administrator's perspective, mass-based is simpler."

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Clean Power Plan: N.C. Plans to Write a Backup Strategy

Under the Clean Power Plan, North Carolina must reduce its emissions by 32.1 percent—a target the state likely won't meet with power plant heat-rate improvements alone, according to the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions’ Tim Profeta.

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California's Paris delegation: Who's Going and Who's Paying?

California may not be a member of the United Nations, but it will have a heavy footprint in December at the world summit on climate change in Paris. The Los Angeles Times recaps participation expected, making mention of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions' involvement.

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Forum on University Investments and Campus Sustainability Set for Nov. 9

Two university committees will hold a joint open forum focusing on the university’s investments related to sustainability at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, in the Holsti-Anderson Room in Rubenstein Library. The forum will be led by Duke Law Professor James Cox, chair of the Advisory Committee on Investment Responsibility (ACIR), and Nicholas Institute director Tim Profeta and Tavey Capps of the Campus Sustainability Committee (CSC). Profeta is co-chair of CSC and Capps serves as the campus sustainability director.

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News Tip: Expert Available on Private Investment in Natural Resources

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015

Presidential memo released today encourages private investment in conservation of  America’s natural resources.

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