In an article published in Scientific American, Junjie Zhang, Director of the Environmental Research Center at Duke Kunshan University, speaks on how the world should perceive China's creation of a new carbon market.
Aubrey Zhang (MPP '18), a graduate student at Duke's Sanford School of Public Policy, is contributing to the search for global energy access solutions. Find out what she's been up to, why she chose the Master of Public Policy program at Sanford, and what advice she'd offer to prospective applicants.
In an article published by National Geographic, Tim Profeta of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions discusses implications of a federal science report that finds human activity influence on climate change, the Trump administration's formal withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, and more.
A Duke University undergraduate team has taken top honors in the North American division of Schneider Electric’s 2017 Go Green in the City case competition, which focuses on sustainable energy approaches in urban environments. In October, rising juniors Ankit Rastogi and Zui Dighe will head to Paris to compete with 11 other teams from across the world for the international prize. Learn more about the team's solution—and how "the Duke experience" has supported their success.
In this blog post, Bill Schlesinger, dean emeritus of the Nicholas School of the Environment, reflects on a recent Science paper assessing the regional impacts of the projected changes in climate on the economic productivity within the U.S., including impacts on crops, mortality, crime, labor supply, and demand for electricity.
In this edition of The Climate Post for National Geographic, Tim Profeta (director of Duke's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions) takes on current energy and climate news. This week: the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia order for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to carry out an Obama-era rule that sets methane pollution limits for the oil and gas industry, a new study on the trajectory of Earth's warming, and the end of construction on twin nuclear reactors in South Carolina.
Rob Fetter and Faraz Usmani (Energy Initiative Doctoral Student Fellows and University Ph.D. Program in Environmental Policy students at the Nicholas School of the Environment and Sanford School of Public Policy) and Hannah Girardeau (Master of Environmental Management student, Nicholas School) established GLEAN (Global Energy Access Network) to ignite a research and policy dialogue around an understudied global issue. The three graduate students teamed up with faculty sponsors Subhrendu Pattanayak (Sanford School of Public Policy) and Brian Murray (interim director of the Energy Initiative) to bring together students across Duke who are working on global energy transitions, energy access and energy poverty. The Energy Initiative, the group's administrative home, sponsored GLEAN's application for the grant and follow-on funding.
Environmental scientists led by the Virginia Tech College of Science, partnering with Nicholas School of the Environment professor Richard Di Giulio and doctoral candidate Jessica Brandt, have discovered that the burning of coal produces incredibly small particles of a highly unusual form of titanium oxide, as published in a recent issue of Nature Communications. When inhaled, these nanoparticles can enter the lungs and potentially the bloodstream. The particulates — known as titanium suboxide nanoparticles — are unintentionally produced as coal is burned, creating these tiniest of particles, as small as 100 millionths of a meter. When the particles are introduced into the air — unless captured by high-tech particle traps — they can float away from power plant stacks and travel on air currents locally, regionally, and even globally.
For much of the developing world, reliable, up-to-date data on electricity access is hard to come by. Researchers at EI's Energy Data Analytics Lab say remote sensing can help. For ten weeks from May through July, a team of Duke students in the Data+ summer research program worked on developing ways to assess electricity access automatically, using satellite imagery.
Avner Vengosh, a professor of geochemistry and water quality at Duke, has been recognized by the American Chemical Society for authoring studies that are among the most read and highly cited peer-reviewed papers published in American Chemical Society (ACS) journals in the past five years. The first,"Water Footprint of Hydraulic Fracturing," was supported by an Energy Research Seed Fund grant from the Energy Initiative and has been named one of the journal's five Highly Read Editors’ Choice selections. The second, "Impacts of Shale Gas Wastewater on Water Quality in Western Pennsylvania," has been recognized as one of the five most cited articles published in the journal.