Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions welcomed four new faces in December and January. Learn about how our staff and others at Duke will be partnering with Norman Bay on research projects that focus on the evolution of electric utilities; Jackson Ewing to further environmental research and engagement with Duke Kunshan University; Kate Konschnik on climate change, the Clean Air Act and law and energy policy research; and Jonathan Phillips to increase access to modern energy solutions for underserved populations around the world.
Despite consensus that including ecosystem services in decision making has merit, guidance on which services to measure and how to measure them is lacking. The Nicholas Institute's Lydia Olander and co-authors propose use of benefit-relevant indicators (BRIs), which explicitly reflect an ecosystem's capacity to provide benefits to society, thereby ensuring that ecosystem services assessments measure outcomes demonstrably and directly relevant to human welfare. In the journal Ecological Indicators, they describe a process for developing BRIs and using causal chains that link management decisions through ecological responses to effects on human well-being.
Constructing Africa's Future: The Environmental and Social Implications of Chinese-Financed Infrastructure in Africa
January 18-19, Durham, North Carolina
The Fracking Debate: The Risks, Benefits, and Uncertainties of the Shale Revolution
January 25, Durham, North Carolina
Mapping Ecosystem Services in Maryland to Inform Decision Making
January 31, Webinar
Accelerating Global Energy Access
February 23, Washington, D.C.
Greenbiz, 3 Ways the Course of Water Sustainability Changed in 2017
PoliticoPro, Carbon Pricing Structure, Revenue Concerns Raised at Albany Meeting ($)

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