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Deep in the Grand Canyon, Scientists Struggle to Bring Back the Bugs

A hydroelectric dam disrupted the intricate food web of the Colorado River. Now a ragtag team of researchers and river guides are trying to repair it. In UnDark magazine the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions Martin Doyle writes about how deep in the Grand Canyon scientists struggle to bring back the bugs

Solar Tariffs to Affect World's Poorest

The Trump administration's solar tariff announcement has spurred lively debate in the U.S. around whether these trade barriers are good or bad for businesses and workers, and to what extent cost increases will soften solar demand in the U.S. But on the other side of the globe, Duke-University Energy Access Project staff Jonathan Phillips and Hannah Girardeau write in Devex that there is a similar debate roiling around the treatment of solar panels and related equipment in trade policy that could make the stakes even higher for energy consumers across sub-Saharan Africa.

The Rich History of America’s Rivers

American rivers from the mighty Mississippi on down have changed the way Americans works, play and live. In an interview with WBUR On Point, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions Water Policy Program director Martin Doyle discusses that rich history featured in his new book “The Source: How Rivers Made America and America Remade Its Rivers."

How to Reduce Methane Emissions from the Oil and Gas Industry Across North America

Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions Climate and Energy Program director Kate Konschnik and her co-author Sarah Jordaan write in The Conversation that a North American Methane Reduction Framework to coordinate regulations, voluntary industry actions and scientific developments in methane estimation and mitigation could help bridge the divide between science and policy. They discuss the framework and their newly published synthesis article that suggests this framework could drive new research that in turn can support better policies when governments are ready to act.

Ex-Utility CEO Goes Off the Grid ($)

ClimateWire feature story focused on former CEO of Duke Energy Corp Jim Rogers's work to distribute solar lights and other clean energy devices in developing nations quotes Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions Tim Profeta and mentions a new Energy Access Project at Duke University.

Methane Gets a Fresh Look as Trump Scraps Rules

The oil industry and scholars are trying to figure out a way to cut potent methane emissions without harming the energy industry or the environment. They also need to keep alive an agreement among U.S., Mexico, and Canada to curb the emissions, or find an alternative. Scholars from John Hopkins and Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions published an article in Climate Policy that says a 2016 agreement among the three countries to cut methane emissions is flailing, at best, while the Trump administration's push to reverse regulations to control the potent greenhouse gas provides even more challenges.

Study Examines Methane Emissions Reduction from Oil and Gas in North America

Atmospheric methane concentrations continue to increase globally, despite a pledge in 2016 from the leaders of the United States, Canada, and Mexico to reduce methane emissions from each country's oil and gas sector. Additionally, the trilateral methane pledge faces more challenges as the Trump Administration seeks to reverse federal methane research and control efforts.

Review: Building ‘The Source’ of America’s Cash Flows and Liquid Assets

"Why is it,” Martin Doyle, director of the Water Policy Program at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and author of the new book "The Source: How Rivers Made America and America Remade Its Rivers" asks, “that sewers are often at the cutting edge in finance?” The question isn’t meant as a slur on the financial industry but as testimony to the oversized but underrated role that waterworks have played in the economic annals of the United States. A Wall Street Journal article reviewing the book offers that throughout history our penchant for big-ticket water projects—canals, dams, waste-treatment plants, the wholesale engineering of rivers—has altered the course of public finance and even shifted the balance of power among federal, state and local governments.

Blending Capital to Fill the Ocean’s Fisheries Finance Gap

How can we help global fisheries recover while providing for the millions dependent on them for survival? In The Economist, the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions John Virdin writes about new ways of bridging the fisheries finance gap.

FERC's Resilience Order May Suggest Reliability Tweaks, Rather than Novel Solutions

The Nicholas Institute's Kate Konschnik and Brian Murray write in Utility Dive that determining whether resilience is a stand-alone concept or just a component of reliability has real world implications, including whether it requires its own novel mechanisms and market interventions.

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