Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions - March 3, 2016

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Duke Reactions to COP21 Focus of Event
At a forum sponsored by the Office of Global Affairs, the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, and the Duke Energy Initiative, Duke students and experts who attended the United Nations climate conference (COP21) in Paris reflected on the resulting climate accord's significance. The accord, which sets a goal of limiting temperature rise to "well below" two degrees Celsius over pre-industrial levels by 2100, "evolved from a bit of a pipedream--or a strong hope by environmental activists around the world--to an actual reality that was written in the text," said the Nicholas Institute's Brian MurrayWatch the video
Managing Risk in Environmental Markets
Environmental markets are gaining currency as a cost-effective, flexible, and efficient means to meet regulatory requirements and achieve environmental results. But those markets are not without risk to regulated buyers, project developers (sellers), landowners, and the public. A new Nicholas Institute working paper that examines management of five types of risk in four environmental markets--wetland and stream mitigation banking, conservation banking, greenhouse gas offsets, and water quality trading--finds a few as yet-unused risk management opportunities worth exploring.
Building Carbon in America's Farms, Forests
In the United States, land carbon offsets nearly 15 percent of economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions, but the future of this sizable carbon sink is uncertain. A new report by Forest Trends and the Nicholas Institute examines the most significant drivers of land carbon change and the policy tools critical for managing land carbon in the future. It offers recommendations for a long-term roadmap that enhances the U.S. land carbon sink, ensuring that healthy and productive landscapes contribute to greenhouse gas reduction goals.
Register: California Carbon Conference 
The Nicholas Institute and Climate Action Reserve are presenting the program for Navigating the American Carbon World in San Diego May 4-6. The conference will examine domestic and international climate policy, carbon markets, and green investments. 
Adapting to Climate Change in Ethiopia
In areas of rural Ethiopia threatened by climate change, communities with high levels of trust among members are more likely to work together to adapt to changes and are less likely to take individual action. That's the finding of a new study that is part of a larger investigation by Duke researchers, including members of the Nicholas institute, into how households adapt to environmental stressors in the Rift Valley.
Apply for Our Open Positions
Job openings at the Nicholas Institute provide opportunities for selected candidates to play a role in today's leading environmental debates. We have openings for a Climate and Energy Program student research assistant and a website administrator.

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