BY 1989, environmental concerns had grabbed worldwide attention. The global population surpassed 5 billion, and the United Nations had just formed the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.Read more
DAN RICHTER and PETER HAFF believe we’re living in a new age, one that is unlike any that has come before it.
And for better or worse, they say, it’s of our own making.
Duke Kunshan University will offer a new international master’s degree in environmental policy beginning in the fall of 2017.Read more
By examining how Earth cools itself back down after a period of natural warming, a study by scientists at Duke University and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory confirms that global temperature does not rise or fall chaotically in the long run. Unless pushed by outside forces, temperature should remain stable.Read more
Forests nationwide are feeling the heat from increasing drought and climate change, according to a new study by scientists from 14 research institutions.Read more
Reducing U.S. climate emissions enough to avoid a 2-degree Celsius increase in global warming could prevent up to 175,000 pollution-related premature deaths nationwide by 2030 and generate health benefits of about $250 billion annually, according to a new analysis by researchers at Duke University and the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.Read more
By William H. Schlesinger Biogeochemist Bill Schlesinger, former dean of the Nicholas School, probably was born a Citizen Scientist andRead more
by Alan R. Townsend, Nicholas School Dean The week Duke’s newly formed School of the Environment opened, I was nearlyRead more
As interest in offshore drilling grows worldwide, a diverse group of Duke students, scientists and policy experts have come together to identify the impacts increased energy exploration and drilling might have on coastal ecosystems, and to propose possible solutions.Read more
Thrifting—shopping for used or vintage clothing—is among the biggest style trends today. Whether because of the worldwide recession, the hipster obsession over clothes that evoke nostalgia or irony, or because savvy shoppers genuinely admire the diversity of clothing that thrifting can provide, the resale clothing industry now generates billions of dollars in annual sales.Read more