Forty-five Duke University scholars will pursue new research on sustainable, equitable solutions to address climate change and its effects, supported by grants from the Duke Climate Research Innovation Seed Program (CRISP).

Twelve teams have collectively been awarded nearly $700,000 to investigate topics such as equitable disaster recovery, community insurance, financing climate-smart agriculture, water quality challenges posed by sea level rise, forest-based carbon offsets and more.

The U.S. Global Change Research Program has announced Lydia Olander, Nicholas Institute program director, as one of more than 150 experts who will write the first-ever National Nature Assessment. The assessment will take stock of nature’s inherent worth, as well as what it provides to culture, health and well-being, jobs and livelihoods, safety and more.

How often do we take for granted the ease of flipping on a light switch and being able to read, cook or do work with abundant light? Watch this webinar recording from Duke Alumni Lifelong Learning  to hear Duke experts, including Jonathan Phillips, Director of the James E. Rogers Energy Access Project, discuss the interconnected nature of climate and human development policies and goals—ultimately fostering a more sustainable, resilient, and inclusive future for all. See the other videos in the playlist here.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today released four pollution rules that could largely remove coal from the U.S. power grid by the early 2030s, reports E&E News. “These are very significant and important rules for the general transition of [the power] sector,” said Tim Profeta, senior fellow at the Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability.

At the latest Duke University Climate Collaboration Symposium, experts exchanged ideas about accelerating sustainable infrastructure development. Panelists at a March 21 event discussed the need for a new sustainability and resilience mindset to future-proof infrastructure from climate change's impacts and shifting societal expectations.

Francis Bouchard, Duke University's inaugural Climate Leader in Residence, writes for Insurance Thought Leadership that insurers have a huge opportunity—and responsibility—to derisk climate change. Bouchard is working with leaders at Duke and the University of Georgia to launch the Center for Innovation in Risk Analysis for Climate Adaptation and Decision-making (CIRCAD), which aims to develop a dynamic platform for leading thinkers in the insurance world to engage directly with top academic researchers to define an action plan for impact.

The N.C. Office of Recovery and Resiliency announced a new Heat Action Plan Toolkit that aims to reduce heat-related health impacts to North Carolina residents and workers. “Providing concrete guidance to counties on how to plan, prepare, and respond to extreme heat is critical to protect our communities, particularly those most vulnerable,” said Ashley Ward, director of the Duke University Heat Policy Innovation Hub, one of the partners that developed the toolkit.

On April 17, 2024, students from more than 65 project teams (including 14 Energy & Environment teams) shared their research findings at the Fortin Foundation Bass Connections Showcase through lightning talks, poster presentations and interactive displays.

During this April 2 webinar, a wide range of experts discussed a proposed U.S. Army Corps of Engineers rule that could make it easier to activate nature-based solutions and other multibenefit approaches in water resources projects. The webinar was organized by the National Ecosystem Services Partnership and the American Society of Civil Engineers' Environmental & Water Resources Institute.

Alix Peterson Zwane, Ph.D., the first executive in residence with the James E. Rogers Energy Access Project at Duke University, discusses what brought her to Duke and how international aid and development can be better targeted to improve people’s lives while minimizing environmental impact.