The Nicholas Institute's Martin Doyle and Lauren Patterson write in an Aspen Institute blog that we live in a water world that is data rich, but information poor. Public agencies--from the federal government to state to local municipalities--collect tremendous amounts of data, but those data are used for narrow purposes. If those same data were shared openly, Doyle and Patterson say, and then integrated in a common digital platform, there would be game-changing opportunities to put them to use. 
Energy efficiency could serve as an inexpensive way to meet future electricity demand and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A Nicholas Institute working paper offers a new approach to energy efficiency modeling, one that allows for comparisons of investments in energy efficiency with investments in power plants. Further, it explains the methodologies employed to create a supply curve. The modeled results suggest that an additional 5%-9% of energy efficiency is deployed for every 10% increase in the cost of electricity.
In several Pacific Island countries and territories, rapid population growth and inadequate management of coastal fish habitats and stocks is causing a gap to emerge between the amount of fish recommended for good nutrition and sustainable harvests from coastal fisheries. The effects of ocean warming and acidification on coral reefs, and the effects of climate change on mangrove and seagrass habitats, are expected to widen this gap. To optimize the contributions of small-scale fisheries to food security in Pacific Island countries and territories, researchers write in the journal 
Marine Policy that adaptations are needed to minimize and fill the gap. They outline policies needed to support lists of key recommended adaptations.
Incorporating Environmental Justice for Disadvantaged Communities into California Climate Law
September 11, Durham, North Carolina
Bridging Evidence-Based Impact Across Environment, Health and Development Communities
October 25-26, London, England 
Wholesale Electricity Markets at a Crossroads? Examining PJM Market Designs from the Perspective of the States
September 28, Columbus, Ohio
Energy Week at Duke
November 5-10, Durham, North Carolina
Canadian Ecosystem Services Toolkit 
In this National Ecosystem Services Partnership webinar recording, Susan Preston of Environment and Climate Change Canada discusses The Canadian Ecosystem Services Toolkit. Created on behalf of Canada's federal-provincial-territorial governments' Value of Nature to Canadians Study Taskforce, the toolkit provides practical step-by-step advice on ecosystem services approaches; completing an ecosystem service assessment; understanding what the results of such an assessment mean; and incorporating ecosystem services analyses and considerations in a wide range of policy, decision, and management processes.
Inside Climate News, 9 States Deciding Whether to Tighten Power Plant Emissions Rules in RGGI

CBC News, An Inconvenient Truth: We Could be Fighting about Climate Change for a While Yet
Texas Monthly, The Number of Oil Spills in Texas Dropped 26 Percent in 2016
Las Vegas Sun, Water Fights: Can the Free Market Tame the West's Vital and Volatile Currency?

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