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17Feb, 2020

Dividing Lines — and Common Ground — Between Rural and Urban Voters on Environmental Policy

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DURHAM, N.C. — Rural and urban Americans are divided in their views on the environment, but common ground does exist, says a new report led by Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. 

“The urban/rural divide on the environment is real, but it centers not on differences in how much people value environmental protection but […]

13Feb, 2020

Understanding Rural Attitudes Toward the Environment and Conservation in America

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Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy SolutionsBy Robert Bonnie, Emily Pechar Diamond, and Elizabeth Rowe

Rural Americans matter—a lot—to the fate of U.S. environmental policy. Not only do farmers, ranchers, and forest owners manage huge portions of American lands and watersheds, but rural voters also have an outsized impact on national policy. While rural Americans express […]

12Sep, 2019

Bonnie Joins Nicholas Institute as Executive in Residence

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Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions | September 12, 2019

The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University is pleased to welcome Robert Bonnie as an executive in residence following a two-year Rubenstein Fellowship at Duke. Bonnie specializes in issues related to climate change and natural resource conservation, with a focus on rural America.

“The Nicholas Institute is widely […]

24Jun, 2019

Putting America’s Forests to Work on Climate Change

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The Hill | June 23, 2019
Opinion by Robert Bonnie and Jad Daley

With the impacts of a warming planet becoming more apparent every day, climate change is taking center stage in the race for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. Most of the candidates have articulated commitments or released plans to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions through legislation, […]

23Jun, 2019

Agriculture Department Buries Studies Showing Dangers of Climate Change

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POLITICO| June 23, 2019
By Helena Bottemiller Evich

The Trump administration has refused to publicize dozens of government-funded studies that carry warnings about the effects of climate change, defying a longstanding practice of touting such findings by the Agriculture Department’s acclaimed in-house scientists.

The studies range from a groundbreaking discovery that rice loses vitamins in a carbon-rich environment — […]

8May, 2019

Republican Bruce Westerman Proposes Curbing Western Wildfires Through Forest Management Overhaul

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The Washington Examiner | May 8, 2019
By Josh Siegel

Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Ark., introduced legislation Wednesday to expand the pace and scale of forest management projects meant to reduce the risk of wildfires that have become more destructive and common.

The bill represents a continued push by Republicans backed by the Trump administration who argue poor forest […]

10Apr, 2019

Bonnie: Conservation Needs Paradigm Shift

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Branding Iron | April 9, 2019
By Elizabeth Chambers

Conservation policy needs more carrots and fewer sticks if we are going to create a long-lasting and effective model of protecting the natural environment, says former Natural Resources and Environment undersecretary at the United States Department of Agriculture Robert Bonnie.

Bonnie, currently the Rubenstein Fellow at Duke University, spoke Thursday at the […]

21Mar, 2019

Podcast with Robert Bonnie: Bridging the Rural-Urban Divide for Environmental Conservation

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The Measure of Everyday Life | March 20, 2019

In this podcast, Robert Bonnie, a Rubenstein Fellow at Duke University and the former Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Emily Pechar, a recent graduate of the Duke University PhD in Environmental Policy program, talk about a new project to better understand how […]

28Nov, 2018

Faculty-Student Team Finds Insights on Environmental Attitudes Could Help Lessen Urban-Rural Divide

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Duke Environment | Fall 2018 Issue
By Sergio Tovar

Policymakers increasingly recognize America’s urban-rural divide as a major obstacle for gaining widespread public support for stronger government protections for the climate and the environment. A new analysis by a Duke University faculty-student team found that the way policies are designed, communicated and framed can be key to bridging […]

26Nov, 2018

U.S. Climate Report Warns of Damaged Environment and Shrinking Economy

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The New York Times | November 23, 2018
By Coral Davenport and Kendra Pierre-Louis
WASHINGTON — A major scientific report issued by 13 federal agencies on Friday presents the starkest warnings to date of the consequences of climate change for the United States, predicting that if significant steps are not taken to rein in global warming, the damage will knock […]