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Duke University researchers have created a new online resource designed to help local governments, conservation groups, businesses and other stakeholders identify the best technologies to clean up plastic pollution in our oceans or prevent it from getting there in the first place.

"Community choice" programs passed at the ballot box are allowing local governments, instead of utilities, to decide where residents’ power comes from, boosting the growth of cheap renewable energy, reports The Verge. Kate Konschnik said these programs are among the creative ways that cities and communities are seeking to take action on climate.

InsideClimate News spoke to several experts, including Kate Konschnik, about what the potential return of a Democratic majority in the Senate could mean for congressional action on climate change.

In a New York Times interactive story on America's changing energy mix, Kate Konschnik discusses the decline of coal and what may replace it.

The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy and the Coalition for Green Capital hope to organize a nonprofit in the next several weeks to form the basis of a green bank to be called the North Carolina Clean Energy Fund, reports the Charlotte Business Journal.

As revenue-starved utilities and governments search for places to save money in the pandemic-induced recession, investments in things like maintenance, infrastructure upgrades, and improved metering technology are getting shelved. Yet these are essential tools of utilities to increase reliability, reduce losses, and shift the culture of bill non-payment that has made the power sector Africa’s Achilles heel and slowed development for decades, write Jonathan Phillips, Robyn Meeks, and Victoria Plutshack.

A North Carolina Clean Energy Fund would support economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic by equitably investing in clean and efficient energy solutions for the state, according to a new market assessment from Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the Coalition for Green Capital (CGC).

A new report from the Climate Risk Disclosure Lab highlights the need for a thorough, robust, and mandatory disclosure framework for climate-related information.

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic and protests of disproportionate police killing of Black Americans opened up political opportunities for addressing racial disparities across our social institutions in the United States, including greater consideration of environmental justice. Kay Jowers and Kate Konschnik write about movement on environmental justice at both the state and federal levels over this year.

While addressing the UN General Assembly, Chinese President Xi Jinping outlined plans to make his country carbon neutral by 2060. Nicholas Institute senior fellow Elizabeth Losos was among the experts who spoke to Australia's ABC News about how realistic China's climate goals are.