Leaders from business, government, civil society, and academia convened in Washington, D.C., to explore one of the world's most pressing challenges at Accelerating Global Energy Access, the introduction to Duke University's Energy Access Project. Nearly a third of humanity lacks reliable electricity and three billion people are without clean fuels and technologies for cooking. Watch video of Energy Access Project staff and sector leaders examining ways to tackle the energy access challenge in conversation on the use of renewables, so-called last-mile electrification, and financing to support viable pathways to sustainable and modern energy solutions for all.
Atmospheric methane concentrations continue to increase globally, despite a 2016 pledge by the leaders of the United States, Canada, and Mexico to reduce methane emissions from their respective oil and gas sectors. Moreover, that pledge faces challenges as the Trump administration seeks to reverse federal methane research and control efforts. A new article, co-authored by the Nicholas Institute's Kate Konschnik, in the journal Climate Policy suggests a North American Methane Reduction Framework could be used to coordinate regulations, voluntary industry actions, and scientific developments in methane estimation and mitigation--actions that could bridge the divide between science and policy. The authors discuss the framework, which could drive new research that in turn could improve the chances that continental methane reduction targets will be achieved, in The Conversation. 
In environmental markets, multiple tools have emerged to encourage the undertaking of certain activities before institution of a regulatory program or to incentivize the generation of services before impacts. A new article in the journal Land Use Policy co-authored by the Nicholas Institute's Lydia Olander presents a systematic review of these early-action tools and describes their use in wetland and stream mitigation, species and habitat banking, greenhouse gas mitigation, and water quality trading.
Large Power Outages of Long Duration: Assessing and Reducing the Risks
March 30 | Durham, NC 
North American Carbon World Conference
April 4-6 | San Francisco, California 
North Carolina Energy Efficiency Policy Roundtable Discussion
April 17 | Raleigh, NC

Doyle Pens Book on American Rivers

Watch Martin Doyle, director of the Nicholas Institute's Water Policy Program, discuss his new book. "The Source: How Rivers Made America and America Remade its Rivers" explores how rivers have shaped American politics, economics and society from the beginnings of the republic to today. Also listen to Doyle discuss his book and its rich history of rivers during an interview with WBUR's On Point.
Devex Solar Tariffs to Affect World's Poorest
The Conversation, To Slow Climate Change, the U.S. Needs to Address Nuclear Power's Dismal Economics
The Wall Street Journal, Review: Building 'The Source' of America's Cash Flows and Liquid Assets The Economist, Blending Capital to Fill the Ocean's Fisheries Finance Gap

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