Duke's Franklin Humanities Institute interviews Ryan Emanuel, an Associate Professor in NCSU's Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, about the intersection between human rights and the environment. As a member of the Lumbee Tribe, Emanuel describes the challenges associated with the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and other threats posed to indigenous communities around North Carolina, and the country.
In this EDGE Chats video, Duke alumnus Paul Straub (MBA'05), co-founder and managing partner of Wireframe Ventures, talks about venture capital, investing in health and sustainability solutions, and the cleantech investment bubble. Filmed by the Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment (EDGE) at Duke's Fuqua School of Business.
In this EDGE Chats video, Col. Mark Mykleby, co-founder of Long Haul Capital Group LLC, and co-author of [ITALICIZE TITLE] The New Grand Strategy: Restoring America's Prosperity, Security, and Sustainability in the 21st Century, talks about sustainability as an opportunity for investment and economic growth. Filmed by the Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment (EDGE) at Duke's Fuqua School of Business.
In February, the Green New Deal (GND) was introduced as a resolution in the US House of Representatives aimed at achieving “net-zero greenhouse gas emissions through a fair and just transition for all communities and workers … to create millions of good, high-wage jobs.” Writing for Forbes, Energy Initiative director Brian Murray identifies five key questions for policymakers to consider as they ponder an energy and workforce transition of impressive scope, scale, and pace.
Researchers affiliated with Princeton University, Duke University, and Ohio State University have published research demonstrating that a different approach to scheduling and running electric power plants could reduce carbon dioxide emissions as well as the cost of generating electricity. Their case study of a power system similar to PJM (the largest grid and market in North America) shows that a better way to deal with wind power uncertainty—a method known as "stochastic market clearing"—would result in a reduction of 3% in carbon dioxide emissions and 1% in the cost of electricity. Due to the large size of this electricity market, these savings are significant.
The team's case study, "Economic and environmental implications of different approaches to hedge against wind production uncertainty in two-settlement electricity markets: A PJM case study," appears in the May 2019 issue of Energy Economics. The paper’s first author, Dr. Ali Daraeepour, earned his doctorate from Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment in 2018 and is now a postdoctoral researcher at the Andlinger Center for Energy and Environment at Princeton University. Coauthors are Dr. Dalia Patino-Echeverri (Gendell Associate Professor of Energy Systems and Public Policy at Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment) and Dr. Antonio Conejo (Professor of Integrated Systems Engineering, Ohio State University).
The inaugural edition of Visible Thinking, a new digital journal of undergraduate research, features an article by Duke undergraduates who investigated the incorporation of green building concepts into college dormitories. The student researchers examined the current state of energy consumption in the Duke University Gilberts-Addoms (GA) dormitory. The results of the study demonstrated the ability of retrofit variables to be cost-effective in the long term while simultaneously reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This research project originated in the work of a Bass Connections Energy and Environment team.
An ABC News story quotes Megan Mullin, associate professor of environmental politics at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment, on the difficulties of evaluating the Green New Deal. Mullin notes the gap between the sweeping proposal and actual legislation needed to enact the programs it references.
The Kingston oil spill and its aftermath left millions of tons of coal ash in unlined ponds and landfills. The workers who cleaned up the oil spilled were exposed to coal ash, which contain a multitude of harmful carcinogens and toxins. This National Geographic article quotes Duke professor Avner Vengosh on the toxic cocktail: "People think coal ash is not going to be a problem because utilities are switching to natural gas and it's cleaner. But the legacy of coal ash production and disposal is going to be with us for ages. These contaminants don't biodegrade."
Energy Initiative director Brian Murray identifies six important realities facing energy decision-makers in the North American West. Murray joined 150 business leaders, government officials, and academic experts to discuss these and related issues at the recent Western Energy & Water Forum, which was organized by the Colorado Energy and Water Institute in partnership with the Duke University Energy Initiative.
This blog post's authors—Simeng Deng, Asger Hansen, Galen Hiltbrand, Santiago Sinclair Lecaros, and Sean Maddex—are pursuing master’s degrees in environmental manag
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