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Ashley Ward, Director of the Heat Policy Innovation Hub, joined 97.9's "The Hill" on Thurs., Feb. 1 for their annual Forum on the Hill, presented by Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership and UNC Health. Ward spoke with fellow climate experts John Richardson (Town of Chapel Hill) and Emily Sutton (Haw River Assembly) in an hour-long conversation on how local communities can best prepare for our changing climate.

A new initiative will bring top thought leaders on climate change to Duke University to share insights and expertise, sparking discussion and action. The Climate Leaders in Residence (CLIR) will enrich student learning and collaborate with Duke faculty and staff on climate research and initiatives. The inaugural Climate Leader in Residence is Francis Bouchard, managing director for climate at Marsh McLennan, a global professional services company specializing in risk management and insurance.

Three Nicholas Institute experts discussed the key findings of a report offering new insights into US energy transition investments during a webinar held Jan. 25. The report from Energy Pathways USA models the intersecting effects of the Inflation Reduction Act, clean electricity development cost increases and the impacts of proposed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency greenhouse gas regulations for fossil fuels.

Three Nicholas Institute staff members—Bryan Koen, Luana Marangon Lima and Colleen Nieto—are part of a team that will receive a 2023–2024 Duke University Presidential Award, the university's highest staff and faculty honor.

The Rhodes Information Initiative at Duke (Rhodes iiD), in partnership with the Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability, is now accepting student applications for this summer’s Climate+ projects.

Still searching for that perfect class to round out your Spring 2024 course load? Consider adding some green education to the mix. In support of the Duke Climate Commitment, the Duke Office of Climate and Sustainability has released its Spring 2024 Climate and Sustainability Course List.

A new report released Wednesday by the Rhodium Group estimated that U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fell 1.9 percent in 2023 compared to the previous year—even as the economy grew. Nicholas Institute experts Jackson Ewing and Brian Murray are available to speak on the policy implications of the report.

What's on the horizon for 2024? Check out these health policy stories NC Health News will be following for the upcoming year. Ashley Ward, director of the Heat Policy Innovation Hub at Duke University, is quoted on the possibility of extreme heat causing health care policy change and her heartened experience seeing extreme heat leaders at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Dubai last December.

Ashley Ward, director of the Heat Policy Innovation Hub, shared some reflections from the UN Climate Change Conference (COP28) after attending in Dubai. Ward told "97.9 The Hill" that she saw three major takeaways from the conference: the first ever focus on human health, the establishment of a loss and damage fund, and the specific calling out of fossil fuels.

World leaders—along with government officials, nongovernmental organizations, researchers and activists—gathered in Dubai for the annual United Nations Climate Change Conference to discuss ways to advance climate action. Experts from the Nicholas Institute attended the conference, released publications or announced initiatives tied to it and/or followed the proceedings closely.