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Governments at every level have taken steps over the last decade to reduce the flow of plastic pollution into the world’s oceans, according to a Duke University policy analysis published today. The analysis finds, however, that the vast majority of new policies have focused specifically on plastic shopping bags. More study needs to be done to determine whether they have worked.

As China considers an economic stimulus package, Jackson Ewing told The Straits Times that driving significant portions of its infrastructure spending to "power grid expansions and upgrades, efficiency improvements, and renewable energy generation" would benefit China environmentally, strategically, and economically in the long term.

The “25x25: End Energy Poverty Faster” project, submitted by the 25x25 Electricity Access Acceleration Collaborative, was among the top contenders for a $100,000 philanthropic grant selected as part of a unique joint program with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and Columbia Business School’s Tamer Center for Social Enterprise. The Duke University Energy Access Project is part of the collaborative.

Kate Konschnik spoke to Duke Today about the variety of institutional, industry, media and social media sources she trusts to keep current on the pandemic as it relates to energy and climate issues.

Research strongly suggests that an urban/rural divide on the environment is real, but is not characterized by who cares more about the environment, according to a report earlier this year from Duke University, University of Rhode Island, University of Wyoming, Hart Research Associates, and New Bridge Strategy.

Lead author Robert Bonnie, an executive in residence at the Nicholas Institute, writes about what could be done to bridge that divide in a post for the EDR Blog from the University of Utah's Environmental Dispute Resolution Program.

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.

The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University is pleased to announce that it has awarded funding to seven research projects for Fiscal Year 2020–2021 through the Catalyst Program.

In a new policy brief, Duke University's Energy Access Project, in collaboration with the Energy Access team at CrossBoundary Group, looked at the experiences of seven countries that have made great strides in bringing electricity to their rural populations: Brazil, Chile, Laos, Peru, South Africa, Thailand, and Tunisia. Despite widely different circumstances and initial electrification rates, there are important similarities.

Eight former FERC commissioners submitted a “friend of the court” brief to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to offer their energy expertise to the Court in a challenge to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s latest power sector carbon rule. The brief was written and filed by Kate Konschnik.