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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

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

(3) 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

(5) 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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Statistically Speaking: A Wasteland of Food

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 5:04 PM


An unconscionable amount of food is wasted around the globe. Here's a look. (Sporkist/Flickr)

The amount of food we waste is enough to make you sick... many times over.

The latest installment [pdf] in...

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Stonemasonry: Environmental Art as Struggle to Perfect the Imperfect

(1) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 4:20 PM

Alvin Triple Sculpture

This stone structure was designed and built in Vermont by Thea Alvin. No mortar, no pins. Just rocks, gravity, know-how -- vision and execution. So is it art? Or craft? Or both?

Stonemasonry is a craft...

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Climate Change Chatter: SCOTUS and 'Tailoring Rule' Edition

(1) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 3:31 PM

Today the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a case challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed greenhouse gas regulations.

The Issue in Front of the High Court: The Tailoring Rule

Today’s challenge comes from six different lawsuits that have been “rolled...

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Obama Administration Grade on Coal Ash: Failing

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 4:05 PM

Dan River coal ash spill
The Dan River bank, in Eden, North Carolina, with residual dark grey coal ash. (USFWS/Steven Alexander)

Yes, failing ......

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E.O. Wilson: Preserving Biodiversity Is an Ethical Imperative

(5) Comments | Posted February 17, 2014 | 9:47 AM

"Biodiversity is the totality of all inherited variation in the life forms of Earth, of which we are one species. We study and save it to our great benefit. We ignore...
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Bob Dylan's Times, They Have a-Changed

(2) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 12:50 PM

Has the ultimate in cool become uncool?

Hey, Mr. Dylan, "something is happening here, but you don't know what it is." Cars with...

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Waxing Environmental on Rep. Henry Waxman

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 8:13 AM


After 39 years representing the great state of California in the U.S House of Representatives, Democratic Representative Henry Waxman is calling it quits.

Waxman's legislative record [pdf] is quite long and quite impressive. The bills that have been enacted...

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Obama's Climate Legacy May Come Down to Coal and 'No'

(3) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 2:28 PM

President Obama didn't give much time to the environment in his State of the Union speech last week. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
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Climate Change Chatter, Issue 13, SOTU Edition

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 12:12 PM

President Obama State of the Union
President Barack Obama addresses the nation from the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol, Jan. 28, 2014. (Official White House Photo...
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