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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 […]

15Nov, 2018

Trump’s Tweets on Deadly Fires Prompt Backlash in California

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Bloomberg | November 13, 2018
By Christopher Flavelle
President Donald Trump’s insistence that poor forest management by California is responsible for the state’s deadly wildfires has fueled a backlash by officials who say it is misleading and ignores the fact that most of the public woodlands in the state are federally managed.Trump’s tweet also clashed with his […]

11Oct, 2018

Bonnie on the Farm Bill and Wildfires

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Rubenstein Fellow, Robert Bonnie remarks on the reauthorization of the farm bill and wildfire management in The Washington Examiner, Before Passing Farm Bill, Congress Has a Big Fight Over Wildfires to Get Through, on October 10, 2018.

“The marginal benefits of giving the Forest Service more authority for projects won’t make that big of a difference,” Robert Bonnie, […]

10Oct, 2018

Interior Department Withdraws Federal Lands North Of Yellowstone From Mining For Two Decades

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National Parks Traveler| October 8, 2018
Tourism has trumped mining in a scenic valley just north of Yellowstone National Park that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, following the lead of former Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, said would be off-limits to new mining claims for two decades.
Two years ago Secretary Jewell and Under Secretary of Agriculture Robert Bonnie traveled […]

15Aug, 2018

Environmentalists Outraged as Ryan Zinke Says California Fires Have Nothing to do with Climate Change

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The Washington Examiner | August 13, 2018
By Josh Siegel

Environmentalists criticized Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Monday for blaming the wildfires raging through California on forest management and claiming that climate change has not played a role in the blazes.

Zinke, on a two-day tour of areas devastated by the Carr Fire in Redding, Calif., downplayed the importance […]

11Jul, 2018

Nicholas Institute Selects Five Duke Projects for Catalyst Program Seed Funding

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July 2, 2018

Five projects received funding in the second year of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions’ Catalyst Program.

The program aims to build on the Nicholas Institute’s mission by increasing engagement with Duke University faculty to incubate and advance new partnerships, enhance policy-relevant knowledge, and create innovative policy solutions based on new creative synergies. Funded […]

15May, 2018

Republican Farm Bill Could Threaten 58.5 Million Acres of Forest Land, Conservationists Say

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Newsweek | May 14, 2018
By Nicole Goodkind

A new Republican piece of legislation will threaten about 58.5 million acres, or 91,000 square miles, of protected forest land, environmental activists say.

The Farm Bill, an all-encompassing multi-year piece of legislation that directs what happens at the Department of Agriculture, has gained attention for its proposed overhaul to the food […]

19Apr, 2018

Farms and Forests: The Future of Federal Climate Policy?

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Alex Rudee is a second-year Master of Environmental Management student on the Bass Connections Turning the Mid-Century Decarbonization Strategy into Concrete Policy for U.S. Forests and Agriculture project team.

His team, which is being led by the former Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and current Rubenstein Fellow, Robert […]

28Sep, 2017

There Will Be Fire: Congress fights over how to fund, respond to wildfires

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The Washington Examiner | September 27, 2017
By Josh Siegel

Western lawmakers are pushing for Congress to address funding and management challenges at the U.S. Forest Service as the government struggles to respond to an extreme year for wildfires.

Democrats and Republicans representing states affected by wildfires say the problem demands the same attention as recent hurricanes, as fires have become […]