For the first time this century, global growth of new renewable energy capacity did not show a year-to-year increase. This raises concerns that efforts to advance a low-carbon energy transition may be stalling at just the wrong time. Though the last decade’s growth in renewables is impressive, many policymakers are looking for it to accelerate rather than flatten in order to help meet long-term decarbonization targets to mitigate climate risk.
Climatologist and Nicholas Professor of Earth Science, Drew Shindell, discusses his experience helping draft the United Nations “Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C." Released in October 2018, findings shocked scientists and policymakers worldwide. The report presented hard new evidence that the impacts of climate change will be much worse than expected and will occur far sooner, unless governments phase out fossil fuels and transition to a carbon-neutral world economy at a speed and scale that has “no documented historic precedent.”
The Duke University Energy Initiative has selected its second cohort of Energy Data Analytics PhD Student Fellows, which will include doctoral students in civil and environmental engineering, computer science, earth and ocean sciences, and electrical and computer engineering.
Few experiences require MBA students to think on their feet like business school case competitions. Duke University teams had another banner year in energy-related case competitions during the Spring 2019 semester, taking 1st and 2nd place in two prestigious competitions.
In Fuqua's latest EDGE Chats video, Lisa Manley, Senior Director, Sustainability Engagement & Partnerships for Mars, Inc., discusses the evolution of corporate sustainability, the business impacts of climate change, and opportunities to take sustainability to the next level.
For emerging wearable tech to advance, it needs improved power sources. Researchers from Duke and Michigan State have provided a potential solution via crumpled carbon nanotube forests, or CNT forests that are more durable and can be stretched up to 800% in size.
The Office of the Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies has awarded Duke Support for Interdisciplinary Graduate Networks (D-SIGN) grants to two graduate student groups for 2019-2020.
The first is Duke University Environmental Justice Network. This new network will be comprised of graduate and professional students committed to understanding and addressing environmental injustices in North Carolina, the U.S., and globally.
The second is the Triangle Molecular Simulation Society. The core students of this D-SIGN grant aim to kick-start an interdisciplinary and cross-school network of students, researchers, enthusiasts, and members of industry interested in the methods and applications of molecular simulation.
Billy Pizer is an environmental economist and professor at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. He compares the present-day costs of taking action to the future benefits we will see if we reduce global warming. Is it worth it to spend more now to prevent problems in the future — problems similar to what Maine clammers are experiencing?
After a distinguished career at the U.S. Department of Energy, Dr. Eric Rohlfing will join Duke this fall as an executive in residence. He will help advise efforts by university leadership and faculty to develop and execute a strategy for advancing the energy sciences at Duke. Drawing on his experience at ARPA-E, Rohlfing will advise university leaders on cultivating technological innovation and entrepreneurship. He is also looking forward to sharing insights with and mentoring energy students.
Duke University climate scientist Drew Shindell comments on the expenses related to cutting carbon emissions and creating a carbon neutral economy. Scientists and policymakers are deeply divided over which forms of geo-engineering, such as carbon capture, and when the world might want to use them.
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