In late April, leaders from around the world gathered in Beijing to discuss the future of China’s sprawling Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Nicholas Institute Senior Fellow Jackson Ewing writes in The Diplomat that such ambition, regardless of the lens used, has inescapable environmental consequences.
Nicholas Institute research associate Erik Myxter-lino joined the China-Africa Project podcast to discuss why he thinks it’s so difficult for the Chinese to explain what the Belt and Road Initiative is really all about.
The nexus between changing environmental conditions and health outcomes is not well understood by many businesses. To break down this barrier, the United Nations Global Compact's "Health is Everyone’s Business" action platform, which facilitates collaboration between companies, has made the case for integrating health and environmental solutions one of its priorities.
The latest episode of Ways & Means, a podcast presented by the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, looks at who will take the hardest hit financially from climate change and whether anything can be done about it. The episode features an interview with Billy Pizer, an environmental economist with joint appointments as a professor at the Sanford School and as a faculty fellow at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.
The Internet of Water (IoW) envisions a world engaged in sustainable water resource management and stewardship enabled by open, shared, and integrated water data and information. The IoW is building a dynamic and voluntary network of communities and institutions to connect data producers, hubs, and users to enable the discovery, accessibility, and usability of water data and information.
Stakeholders in PJM may decide on Thursday to initiate a process to study and potentially price CO2 emissions in its energy market. Such a process would provide a forum for much needed detailed discussion and analysis on what could be a critical link between CO2 emissions policies and efficient markets, writes Jennifer Chen, senior counsel at Duke's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, in Greentech Media.
The Gulf Coast Power Association’s annual Spring Conference on April 16-17 began the day after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear challenges to Illinois’ and New York’s zero-emission credit programs. The court’s decision was a stark reminder that individual states are driving changes to the country’s electric generation mix, often to the frustration of the grid operators charged with operating competitive, economically efficient markets, reports RTO Insider.
The World Bank’s Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition has released its annual report to provide an update on the Coalition’s activities over the last year. The report features articles from thought leaders to inspire and guide government and business leaders to increase their carbon pricing ambition.
The waters of the South China Sea face environmental peril that is "inseparable from the territorial disputes that plague it." Scientific cooperation is an action without legitimate substitute in the region and can offer a chart for protecting marine environments while enjoying their bounty sustainably, write the Nicholas Institute's Jackson Ewing and the University of South Carolina's James Borton in East Asia Forum.
Chinese President Xi Jinping will convene an international forum on April 25-27 in Beijing to discuss next steps for the Belt and Road Initiative, China’s plan to strengthen ties with other countries in its region through infrastructure investments. The forum will include sessions on addressing BRI’s environmental impacts.