News - Robert Bonnie

Robert Bonnie joined the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance's "Farm. Food. Facts." podcast to discuss his research into the question: is an urban/rural divide around the environment, and if so, what is it?

A new report from Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions examines effective strategies to engage America’s farmers, ranchers and forestry stakeholders who are vital to solving climate change, reports BioCycle.

The bipartisan Growing Climate Solutions Act introduced in the Senate could jump-start a market for carbon retained in the soil by farmers, marking a big policy step forward in enabling agriculture to provide solutions to climate change, writes High Plains Journal. Solutions from the Land is encouraging policymakers to take a close look at farmer-centric policies outlined in a new Nicholas Institute report.

Rural Americans have a tremendous stake in both the economy and environmental health and conservation. But despite their substantial reliance on natural resources and interest in conservation, rural voters often feel at odds with many proposed federal environmental policies.

America’s farms, ranches and forests are vital to addressing climate change, but rural voters tend to view federal environmental policy with skepticism. A new Nicholas Institute report outlines a series of natural climate solution policy ideas aimed at investing in rural communities in a way that earns their political support.

Research strongly suggests that an urban/rural divide on the environment is real, but is not characterized by who cares more about the environment, according to a report earlier this year from Duke University, University of Rhode Island, University of Wyoming, Hart Research Associates, and New Bridge Strategy.

Lead author Robert Bonnie, an executive in residence at the Nicholas Institute, writes about what could be done to bridge that divide in a post for the EDR Blog from the University of Utah's Environmental Dispute Resolution Program.

A commentary in The Daily Yonder reviewed the Nicholas Institute's recent report, “Understanding Rural Attitudes Toward the Environment and Conservation in America,” and its implications for the divide between rural and urban Americans on environmental policy.

Rural and urban Americans are divided in their views on the environment, but common ground does exist, says a new report led by Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.

America's working forests provide clean air and water, support species diversity, provide jobs, and are an essential part of efforts to address climate change. In an op-ed for RealClearMarkets, Robert Bonnie and Matthew McKenna write that capital markets have the power to leverage philanthropy and government action to help conserve this critical natural infrastructure.

The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions is giving Duke University students a workout—for their environmental policy knowledge.

More than 40 students crammed into the fifth-floor boardroom of Grainger Hall on a Friday afternoon to get answers to their questions about the inner workings of Congress. The session was the first in a series of Policy Boot Camps that will feature Nicholas Institute professionals sharing their expertise engaging directly with decision-making institutions.