News - Linwood Pendleton

In a new study published in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science, the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions’ Linwood Pendleton—with co-authors from the University of Miami, the University of Queensland and the University of Brest—report that evidence is stacking up to suggest that impacts to coral reefs may be underestimated. In a Q&A, Pendleton says that’s not all. By themselves, current scientific studies do not fully capture the complexity or number of environmental changes the reefs face.

The PLOS Student Blog reports on adaptation of a model proposed by Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions researchers Linwood Pendleton and Brian Murray, along with others, to put a monetary value on indirect value of coastal marine ecosystems. In the new effort, researchers were able to use that model to show a significant and positive impact of increasing the size of marine protected areas.

Linwood Pendleton, a senior scholar at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and International Chair of Excellence at the University of Brest, has explored the notion that conservation is good for people, suggesting that failure to make that case with hard evidence has led to a lack of confidence in environmental management and great uncertainty about its benefits to human well-being.

Linwood Pendleton, senior scholar at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, discusses how Congress is debating an amendment to America’s core fisheries legislation—the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act—in a News & Observer op-ed. The act sets the groundwork for the nation’s federal fisheries regulations and includes strict requirements for rebuilding all overfished, federally managed fish stocks.

A new study in the Journal Marine Policy examines the transparency of international fisheries management organisations operating on the high seas. This paper, reports IASS Potsdam, is the first global study of regional fisheries management organisation transparency.

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Across the globe, countries are increasingly looking seaward in search of new economic opportunities, including oil, gas, and mineral extraction from the sea floor, renewable energy development, and biotechnology. The push to expand this so-called “blue economy” comes at a time when the ecological health of the oceans is seriously degraded. The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solution’s John Virdin and Linwood Pendleton examine whether blue growth helps or harms efforts to achieve a healthier ocean ecosystem in The Economist

Ocean acidification is a global, long-term problem whose ultimate solution requires carbon dioxide reduction at a scope and scale that will take decades to accomplish successfully.

There's a growing understanding of the factors that contribute to ocean acidification in coastal areas and how shellfish respond. The Christian Science Monitor reports on a new study, co-authored by a Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions researcher, which looks at the risks to shellfish and identifies areas where livelihoods are most at risk.

Linwood Pendleton, senior scholar at the Nicholas Institute, is among the experts interviewed by MPA News for a story about enforcement of marine protected areas. In this Q&A style piece, Pendleton discusses fines and their social impact as well as the concept of optimality and its application.

Climate scientists know with impressive accuracy how fast carbon dioxide is increasing in the atmosphere. A decade ago, there were about 370 parts per million of the heat-trapping gas floating around; today, the number is up to 393 or so. Much of that increase comes from the burning of fossil fuels like coal, gas and oil – but not all, and putting numbers on other sources is crucial to figuring out how to keep carbon emissions under control. This Business Spectator article discusses work by researchers at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions in the journal PLOS ONE.