News - Jackson Ewing

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres is calling on world leaders to bring concrete plans to the 2019 Climate Action Summit in New York Sept. 23 that substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are causing climate change.

Hundreds of millions of people across South and Southeast Asia depend on waters that originate in the long-frozen reaches of the Tibetan plateau. Yet, a sobering study shows that the melting of Himalayan glaciers has doubled in the last decade.

Adding "green" projects to China's global infrastructure push won’t be enough to make the effort environmentally sound, concluded a panel of experts at a June 19 event on the ecological considerations of China's Belt and Road Initiative. Senior fellows at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions Jackson Ewing and Elizabeth Losos were among the panel speakers.

A new report is urging countries in South and Southeast Asia to reverse their plans for coal-fired power plant expansion in favor of renewable energy, according to an article in Climatewire.

This year’s U.N. climate talks could make or break the Paris Agreement, negotiators say, as they get down to the business of regulating carbon trading. Emerging economies, notably Brazil, are at loggerheads with the European Union and vulnerable countries over the role for old U.N. carbon market schemes in the Paris regime, according to a Climate Home News article

Jackson Ewing, senior fellow at Duke’s Nicholas Institute of Environmental Policy Solutions, joined the Policy 360 podcast to discuss his recent op-ed for The Hill on the far-reaching impacts of Chinese foreign energy investments on the futures of coal use and climate change.

The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University has awarded funding to six research projects for Fiscal Year 2019–20 through the institute's Catalyst Program.

Now in its third year, the Catalyst Program aims to build on the Nicholas Institute’s mission by increasing engagement with Duke faculty to incubate and advance new partnerships, enhance policy-relevant knowledge, and create innovative policy solutions based on new creative synergies.

In late April, leaders from around the world gathered in Beijing to discuss the future of China’s sprawling Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Nicholas Institute Senior Fellow Jackson Ewing writes in The Diplomat that such ambition, regardless of the lens used, has inescapable environmental consequences.

The World Bank’s Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition has released its annual report to provide an update on the Coalition’s activities over the last year. The report features articles from thought leaders to inspire and guide government and business leaders to increase their carbon pricing ambition.

The waters of the South China Sea face environmental peril that is "inseparable from the territorial disputes that plague it." Scientific cooperation is an action without legitimate substitute in the region and can offer a chart for protecting marine environments while enjoying their bounty sustainably, write the Nicholas Institute's Jackson Ewing and the University of South Carolina's James Borton in East Asia Forum.