New research from Duke, KU Leuven, and UCLA says OPEC’s effects on the world economy extend far beyond the prices that consumers see at the pump. The authors (including Duke economist Allan Collard-Wexler) note that over the course of 40 years, the oil industry cartel not only drove up the cost of crude oil production by some $160 billion, it also helped change the direction of the oil industry.
Soli Shin (MEM '18) spent her summer as an Environmental Fellow placed at the Environmental Defense Fund, serving the Clean Energy team in her hometown of New York City. She worked with different aspects of both city- and state-level efforts to develop a cleaner, more efficient energy landscape among all New York communities. Her blog post reflects on the effects the Community Choice Aggregation energy procurement model could have on low/moderate income communities.
Resources for the Future has named Brian Prest, PhD candidate in energy and environmental economics and EI doctoral fellow, as a Joseph L. Fisher Doctoral Dissertation Fellow for the 2017-18 academic year. Prest focuses his research on household response to time-of-use electricity pricing, updating environmental policy to reflect new information, and how shale gas has changed the price responsiveness of the U.S.'s natural gas supply. Congrats Brian!
Senior Joshua Grubbs, chemistry and global health major, traveled to Peru to complete a project cross-listed as a Bass Connections in Energy course last year. His research focused on nutrition as a potential intervention point for reducing the burden of mercury contamination, primarily because the typical diet based on fish has contributed to high levels of mercury in Madre de Dios.
Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment has joined the United Nations Global Compact’s Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative. PRME is a worldwide effort aimed at training future generations of responsible leaders by embedding the core values of corporate sustainability into universities’ educational, research and campus practices. More than 650 leading business and management schools from more than 80 countries participate in the initiative, and the Nicholas School is the first school of the environment invited to join it.
Duke biology and environmental science and policy professor Emily Bernhardt was quoted by WFPL on the termination of a National Academy of Science study about the health impacts of surface mining on local communities. “It’s not clear at this point why people living near mountaintop mines are having poorer health outcomes. And that’s one of the reasons this Academy summary was going to be so important,” she said. “What is the most likely route of exposure? Because I think the public health outcomes are pretty clear.”
Lina Khan (MEM '18) completed an internship through Duke University's Stanback Internship Program with the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) this past summer. She gained valuable experience in grant writing and data analysis for energy efficiency initiatives. Khan reflects on her summer in this brief video.
Jonathon Free (PhD’16), a postdoctoral associate at the Duke University Energy Initiative, penned this piece on rural electrification for the Society for the History of Technology. Rural electrification, Free writes, is "the final stage of the most significant energy transition of the twentieth century" and "helped blur the boundaries between urban and rural life and folded American farmers into a new culture of consumerism in the process." Read the full piece here.
Technology developed to help neurosurgeons control electric currents during noninvasive brain stimulation could also lead to safer, more efficient batteries for electric cars and solar panels, than
Tim Profeta, director of Duke's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, contributed this article (featured in the Huffington Post) on the EPA and the Department of Transportation announcement that they were considering rewriting emissions standards for cars and light trucks made between 2022 and 2025.
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