News - Lydia Olander

Forty-five Duke University scholars will pursue new research on sustainable, equitable solutions to address climate change and its effects, supported by grants from the Duke Climate Research Innovation Seed Program (CRISP).

Twelve teams have collectively been awarded nearly $700,000 to investigate topics such as equitable disaster recovery, community insurance, financing climate-smart agriculture, water quality challenges posed by sea level rise, forest-based carbon offsets and more.

During this April 2 webinar, a wide range of experts discussed a proposed U.S. Army Corps of Engineers rule that could make it easier to activate nature-based solutions and other multibenefit approaches in water resources projects. The webinar was organized by the National Ecosystem Services Partnership and the American Society of Civil Engineers' Environmental & Water Resources Institute.

The two-day “Risk Science for Climate Resilience” symposium brought together Duke scholars and invited guests to strategize about how Duke could utilize its strengths and partnerships to stimulate novel approaches to climate risk in the private sector and scale up climate resilience efforts.

Speakers from across financial backgrounds came together Thursday afternoon to discuss the role of risk science and the insurance sector in assessing and managing climate risks and implementing climate resilience solutions, reported The Chronicle. The symposium, hosted by the Nicholas Institute and Duke RESILE, is the first in the new Climate Collaboration Symposia series, funded by a gift from The Duke Endowment in support of the Climate Commitment.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Monday signed an executive order designed to support sustainable management of the state’s forests, farms and wetlands. In North Carolina, these natural and working lands provide numerous social, economic and environmental benefits, including sequestering carbon and supporting ecosystem and community resilience. Nicholas Institute experts Lydia Olander and Katie Warnell provided comments for the media.

The Duke Climate Collaboration Symposia, a new event series launching in mid-February, will help identify opportunities for Duke University to make the most of its interdisciplinary expertise and convening power for meaningful impact on climate challenges.

The series is funded by a gift from The Duke Endowment in support of the Duke Climate Commitment, which unites the university’s education, research, operations, and public service missions to address the climate crisis.

A new initiative will bring top thought leaders on climate change to Duke University to share insights and expertise, sparking discussion and action. The Climate Leaders in Residence (CLIR) will enrich student learning and collaborate with Duke faculty and staff on climate research and initiatives. The inaugural Climate Leader in Residence is Francis Bouchard, managing director for climate at Marsh McLennan, a global professional services company specializing in risk management and insurance.

Three Nicholas Institute staff members—Bryan Koen, Luana Marangon Lima and Colleen Nieto—are part of a team that will receive a 2023–2024 Duke University Presidential Award, the university's highest staff and faculty honor.

World leaders—along with government officials, nongovernmental organizations, researchers and activists—gathered in Dubai for the annual United Nations Climate Change Conference to discuss ways to advance climate action. Experts from the Nicholas Institute attended the conference, released publications or announced initiatives tied to it and/or followed the proceedings closely.

A Duke University team collaborated with the Department of the Interior to produce a practical, comprehensive resource on implementing nature-based solutions.