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As the U.S. faces a need to act urgently on climate change, Tim Profeta has proposed a new strategy for cutting greenhouse gas emissions by playing to the strengths of the government’s federalist structure through a partnership between state and federal governments.

Conversations are underway among policy makers and stakeholders in the Southeast to explore whether more competition in the power sector could encourage clean energy investment, spur innovation, and lower costs for consumers. The Nicholas Institute's Climate and Energy Program is helping to inform those conversations through a series of papers that describe competitive options.

Rural America has an outsized impact on the management of farms, ranches, and forests and also punches above its weight in the halls of Congress. So rural attitudes toward environmental issues and potential policy solutions matter a great deal.

Duke University’s ambitious effort to become carbon neutral by 2024 will add an expanded solar energy component through a partnership with Pine Gate Renewables, an Asheville, North Carolina-based solar developer.

Countries around the world are pledging stimulus funding to support infrastructure construction as a way to aid economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic. Elizabeth Losos describes how a proposed community of learners could help direct that funding to sustainable infrastructure projects that "build back better."

The Federal Highway Administration has allowed food trucks to operate at interstate rest stops during the COVID-19 pandemic to support commercial truck drivers. Kate Konschnik explores how that could pave the way for electric vehicle infrastructure along federal highways.

Congress is debating another round of economic stimulus to provide a measure of emergency relief from shutdowns induced by the COVID-19 pandemic, but more help will likely be needed down the road for a full recovery. A proposed national green bank could put people back to work while building a sustainable future by creating jobs in clean energy infrastructure, clean transportation, and energy efficiency, writes Jennifer Weiss.

The initiative, a collaboration between the Global Financial Markets Center at Duke Law, the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, and the National Whistleblower Center, will improve corporate reporting of climate-related risk and facilitate information sharing and policy development.

More than 300 experts from over 50 countries are contributing to the Illuminating Hidden Harvests (IHH) study, which will provide never-before-seen insights into global small-scale fisheries when the results are released in February 2021. Led by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Duke University, and WorldFish, the study will assess the contributions, imp

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted momentum for government action to address plastic pollution. The authors of a global review of government responses over the last 20 years have observed complex impacts from the pandemic on international and national efforts. However, it seems local governments have pushed the pause button, particularly in the case of single-use plastics in the United States.