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Rising to the Moment

Duke Today took a look at new opportunities emerging around the university for Duke scholars and students to have a greater climate impact—with more on the way.

Duke University’s continued path to net carbon neutrality by 2024 now includes an investment in helping preserve coastal habitats more than 4,000 miles from Durham, on the western coast of Africa, reports Duke Today. The investment was driven by Nicholas Institute research into payments for conservation of blue carbon.

Duke University has received a $7.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to assess the risks offshore wind energy development along the East Coast may pose to birds, bats and marine mammals.

The Energy Access Project at Duke has received a new gift from M.A. Rogers to boost its work developing sustainable energy policy and market solutions in emerging economies. The organization was established in 2017 through an earlier gift from Rogers and her late husband Jim, the former CEO and chairman of the board of Duke Energy. It will adopt a new name in Jim’s memory: the James E. Rogers Energy Access Project at Duke.

The nation is rapidly ramping up the share of electricity that comes from solar energy, so claims a blueprint announced last week by the Biden administration, in an effort to reduce one of the largest sources of greenhouse gases emissions. This has raised questions of feasibility and affordability, which may boil down to whether the federal government is willing to provide the funds to begin the expensive and long-delayed modernization of the electric grid.

Brian Murray was among the Duke University experts who commented on a new renewable energy report from the Biden administration that highlights the potential for solar energy to power 40 percent of American homes and businesses by 2035.

Duke University experts, including from the Nicholas Institute and Energy Initiative, offered comments on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's latest assessment report detailing the most recent understanding of observed changes in the world’s climate.

On March 5, Duke in DC hosted the event “Energy & Utilities,” part of its Beyond Talking Points series. The panelists—Greg Gershuny, Aspen Institute; Kate Konschnik, Nicholas Institute; and Brian Murray, Duke University Energy Initiative—listed their biggest areas of focus going into the Biden administration and new Congress and discussed the implications of the Texas blackouts in February.

NJ Spotlight reported on a trio of Duke University energy scholars—Kate Konschnik, Brian Murray, and Drew Shindell—who discussed the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on energy and the environment during a webinar.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has had a destructive effect on the oil industry, but may give lawmakers and policy experts a chance to do some productive, environmentally friendly long-term energy planning, three Duke University experts said Wednesday during a press briefing for reporters.