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Bill Chameides
Dr. Chameides is dean of Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

He was the vice chair of America’s Climate Choices, a multidisciplinary study by the National Academies designed to help policy makers figure out solutions to the problem of climate change. The study was launched in November 2008 at the request of Congress to provide policy-relevant advice, based on scientific evidence, to guide the nation’s response to climate change. The group's final report was published on May 12, 2011. (Read more about America's Climate Choices.)

Chameides combines more than 30 years in academia as a professor, researcher, teacher, and mentor with a three-year stint as chief scientist at Environmental Defense.

In addition to belonging to the NAS, he is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and a recipient of the AGU's MacElwane Award. He has served on numerous national and international committees and task forces and, in recognition of his “extraordinary service,” was named a National Associate of the National Academies. He has been the dean of the Nicholas School since 2007.

He blogs regularly on environmental science at Follow his environmental updates on Twitter @TheGreenGrok and/or on Facebook.

Entries by Bill Chameides

Obama's New Carbon Emissions Rule: Drumroll, Please...

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 5:09 PM


Monday's bold, game-changing announcement to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants marks the latest step in a march toward climate-change action. One hopes. (iStockphoto/nelik)

An historic event or an historic trend?

No real surprises...

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The Art of Games: Dialing Into the Outdoors Through Mobile Game Apps

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 3:16 PM


Can game apps get kids out of the house and literally into nature? The makers of games like Habitat, whose play combines cartoon-character virtual species with real-life animals (like Mable pictured above), think they can.

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Friday Factoid: Oil Estimate Slip-Sliding Away

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 2:20 PM


New estimate for oil from California formation considerably lower but with a twist. (EIA)

The Monterey Shale oil prospect takes a big hit, but daily extraction rates jump.

Word on the street is that the U.S. Energy...

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States of Denial: We Don't Need No Climate Education

(2) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 5:18 PM


Given the flagging rank of American students in science and math, updated science standards would seem to be a good idea. But some are trying to block this progress. (iStockphoto/clearstockconcepts)

Oil and gas interests trump truth...

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Climate Change Chatter: Science and Politics

(9) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 4:52 PM


Sen. Marco Rubio on climate change: "I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it."

A continuing series on what...

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Following the Money: Energy Dollars Hard at Work on Capitol Hill

(1) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 6:24 PM


A look at how much money the various energy industries spend in Washington. (Image credits, L to R: Dennis Schroeder/NREL, Ruth Baranowski/NREL, TheGreenGrok, flickr/katsrcool)

Is the alternative energy industry losing the influence-peddling war to fossil fuels?


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Clean Air Ruling Strikes One Must-Do Off EPA's List

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 1:47 PM


Folks in the Northeast, colloquially called the nation's "tailpipe" in environmental circles, can breathe a bit easier thanks to a court ruling upholding EPA's rule requiring dirty power plants like this one in Virginia to clean...

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Taking a Stroll With E.O. Wilson

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 2:50 PM



Illuminating the eternal through nature, and the humanity of an icon of science.

To say that E.O. Wilson, arguably the greatest living biologist, is prolific is a bit of an understatement. At 84, Wilson continues to...

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Arctic Sea Ice Update: The Melt Is on, How Low Will It Go?

(1) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 3:55 PM

2014-04-21-2014maxextent_bm_hirescopy1000w.png NASA Blue Marble view of Arctic sea ice on March 21, 2014 when it reached its maximum extent. (NSIDC)


Arctic sea ice began its annual meltdown March 21.

Each September in recent years, Arctic sea ice becomes...

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Nature Photographer James Balog Honored

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 5:57 PM


Photographer James Balog accepting the 2014 LEAF award from the Nicholas School for his "Lifetime Environmental Achievement in the Fine Arts."


The cameraman featured in the Oscar-nominated film Chasing Ice has captured a lot more than...

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'The Great Invisible' Wins Full Frame's Best Environmental Film

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 6:58 PM

2014-04-09-greatinvisiblescreenshot.png 'Great Invisible' focuses on the human ecosystem that was caught up in the disaster caused by the blowout and explosion of the Deepwater Horizon. Included in this web are survivors like Steven Stone (above) who points to where he was...
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A Tale of Two Air Quality Programs: China vs. the U.S.

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 7:44 PM

America's air quality in the 1970s left a lot to be desired. But since then, ever-stronger air pollution regulations have helped clean the air. It's a different story in China. (EPA)

Air quality benefits can come in baby...

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Obama Takes Bold Step to Geoengineer Climate Change

(12) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 11:48 AM

2014-04-01-p031914ps0950.jpg President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Adviser Susan Rice. Days after warning, "I've got a pen and ... a phone and if Congress won't do its job, I'll do mine," Obama met with his national security...
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The Dark Side of Environmental Art

(5) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 10:26 AM


Birds killed as a result of oil from the Exxon Valdez spill. (Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council)

The Artful Planet series is produced in partnership with
the University of Washington's 

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Coal Ash Ponds: How Power Companies Get a 'Bypass' on Regulations Against Pollution

(2) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 6:48 PM


Apparently, as may be the case with Duke Energy's power plant near Moncure, North Carolina, companies occasionally participate in "intentional polluting." What gives? (Waterkeeper Alliance/Rick Dove)

Accidental pollution? Sure, s**t happens. But what about intentional...

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In Which I Start to Sing Spring

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 5:12 PM


Some scientists think mute swans, an invasive species, should be dealt with. In honor of the arrival of springtime, I take a page out of Tom Lehrer's songbook to playfully explore the possibilities. (Flickr/Ralph Daily)

"Spring is...

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E-Cigs and Second-Hand Vaping

(7) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 10:00 AM

Is it safe to bogart that e-cig or even be in the same room with an e-cig bogarter?

OK, in this post we're going to clue you in on some of the potential issues with electronic cigarettes or e-cigs, as they're diminutively known. But before we do, we need to...

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Climate Chatter: Kerry Statements and the Waffling Winds of Changing Positions

(1) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 6:18 PM


Sen. John McCain embraces his then-Senate colleague, John Kerry, during his confirmation hearing for secretary of state. When it comes to climate change, the two men sometimes embrace the same policy, sometimes not. (Flickr/glynlowe some rights...

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No Hiatus in High Extremes in Temperature

(13) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 8:52 AM


New analysis adds an interesting wrinkle to our understanding of the nature of the so-called warming hiatus. (Astronaut photograph ISS015-E-10469, courtesy NASA/JSC)

New analysis concludes the hots are still getting hotter.

The so-called hiatus or pause in...

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U.S. Transportation: Driving Down the Same Old (Bumpy) Road or Paving a New Way Forward?

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 1:49 PM

Tens of thousands of bridges, roadways, and railways in the United States are in need of a fix. Where's the money?

In the world of unintended consequences, less driving may mean more potholes.

Americans' driving habits are hanging a u-ey. For decades Americans drove more and more, but for...

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