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Melting Glaciers Could Destabilize Asia

Melting Glaciers Could Destabilize Asia

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.

Jennifer Chen, senior counsel at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

How Markets Can Help Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Create Economic Opportunities

Nicholas Institute Senior Counsel Jennifer Chen was recently invited to speak before the U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. Her remarks focused on how regional energy markets could help cut greenhouse gas emissions while providing consumer savings and economic opportunities to all states—regardless of individual state climate ambitions.

The Toxic-Gas Catastrophe Hiding Beneath Your Home

In October 2015, a fragile well casing ruptured at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage field in Los Angeles, California—and no one could figure out how to stop it. For 118 days, 100,000 metric tons of methane and other hazardous pollutants seeped into the atmosphere. The single worst natural gas leak in American history was not only a disaster for the climate; it displaced thousands of nearby residents for months because of the risk of exposure to a host of toxic chemicals.

New Poll Examines Public Opinion on Wildlife and Migration Corridors in Wyoming

Results from a new statewide poll of 400 registered voters in Wyoming and an online focus group of 20 Wyoming residents on topics related to wildlife and migration corridors are now available from the Ruckelshaus Institute and Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming.

The poll and online focus group were organized by the William D. Ruckelshaus Institute, in partnership with the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University.

Many More People Live Closer to Underground Gas Storage Wells Than Previously Thought

Many More People Live Closer to Underground Gas Storage Wells Than Previously Thought

BOSTON, Mass.—​A new Harvard study published in the Journal of Environmental Health today found that around 65% of active natural gas storage (UGS) wells in the United States are located in suburban residential areas—not more sparsely populated commercial, industrial, or even rural areas like many new unconventional wells. The study by Harvard C-CHANGE at the Harvard T.H.

Warming Signs Podcast - Born Too Soon: Preterm Births in a Warming World

Warming Signs Podcast - Born Too Soon: Preterm Births in a Warming World

Mothers go out of their way to give their children every advantage in life. But emerging research suggests a factor beyond any mother’s control could put her baby at risk.

More of the Good, More of the Bad: China’s Infrastructure Plans Offer a Contradiction

More of the Good, More of the Bad: China’s Infrastructure Plans Offer a Contradiction

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.

Can Microgrids Enable Macro Development?

Can Microgrids Enable Macro Development?

Developers, donors, and customers are increasingly interested in the potential for microgrids to provide power to hundreds of millions of people who lack it, particularly in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Microgrids offer the right combination of affordability, reliability, and capacity to service areas that need more power than a home solar panel can provide, but do not have enough load density for the central grid.

Can a President Slam the Brakes on Fracking?

Can a President Slam the Brakes on Fracking?

As part of his climate-change focused presidential campaign, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has proposed a plan to rapidly phase out extraction of fossil fuels in the U.S. The plan includes ending fossil fuel drilling on federal land, terminating taxpayer subsidies to fossil fuel business, and pursuing a complete, nationwide ban on fracking.

Report: Asian Coal Expansion Threatens Paris Goals

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.

The report, released by the research institute Climate Analytics, said shifting away from coal will not only support the Paris Agreement's climate goals, but renewables such as solar and wind are a lower-cost energy source for developing countries.

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