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Tim Profeta
Tim Profeta is the founding director of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. The Nicholas Institute is part of Duke University and focuses on improving environmental policy making worldwide through objective, fact-based research in the areas of climate change, the economics of limiting carbon pollution, oceans governance and coastal management, emerging environmental markets and freshwater concerns at home and abroad.

In his role at the Nicholas Institute, Profeta has continued to use his experience on Capitol Hill to engage in climate change debates. His research has focused, specifically, on market-based approaches to environmental regulations—particularly energy and climate change policy. Other projects engage his expertise in environmental law and air pollution regulation under the Clean Air Act.

Entries by Tim Profeta

The Climate Post: Supreme Court Suspends Clean Power Plan

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2016 | 4:26 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court blocked the Clean Power Plan, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's rule limiting greenhouse gas emissions from the existing fleet of fossil fuel-fired power plants on Tuesday. The court, in a 5-4 decision split along party lines, put a stay on enforcement of the...

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The Climate Post: Climate Change Implicated in a Specific Extreme Weather Event

(6) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 1:21 PM

Scientists have warned that even a few degrees rise in global temperatures can lead to increasingly severe storms. Now an international team of climate scientists has linked man-made climate change to historic flooding that hit the south of England in the winter of 2013-2014. It's the first time...

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The Climate Post: Humans Implicated in String of Record-Warmth Years

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 1:33 PM

Human activities are the cause of this century's record warm years, according to a study in the journal Scientific Reports.

"We find that individual record years and the observed runs of record-setting temperatures were extremely unlikely to have occurred in the absence of human-caused climate change," the authors...

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The Climate Post: Climate Change Tops WEF Risk Ranking

(18) Comments | Posted January 21, 2016 | 2:24 PM

For the first time, the World Economic Forum (WEF) has ranked an environmental risk--climate change--as the most severe economic risk facing the world. Global Risks Report 2016 says climate change is compounding and intensifying other social, economic, and humanitarian stresses such as mass migration, which...

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The Climate Post: Climate and Energy of Focus in Obama's Final State of the Union

(2) Comments | Posted January 14, 2016 | 11:15 AM

President Obama laid out four big questions the United States has to answer in his nearly hour-long final State of the Union address Tuesday night. One of those four points: How do we make technology work for us, and not against us, especially when it comes to solving urgent...

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The Climate Post: Study Says Electricity Production Vulnerable to Climate Change

(2) Comments | Posted January 7, 2016 | 12:21 PM

A new study in the journal Nature Climate Change suggests that climate-change-related water disruptions could significantly decrease electricity production by the hydropower stations and thermoelectric (nuclear, fossil-fueled, biomass-fueled) plants that account for 98 percent of production around the world. Because the plants need water to cool generators and pump power...

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The Climate Post: Nations Strike Deal to Curb Carbon Emissions

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2015 | 3:25 PM

The first pact to commit all countries to cut carbon emissions--the Paris Agreement--was signed by 195 countries in LeBourget, France, on Saturday. Some aspects of the agreement, which will go into effect in 2020, will be legally binding, such as submission of emissions reduction targets and regular...

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The Climate Post: Paris Climate Talks Will Continue Past Deadline

(2) Comments | Posted December 11, 2015 | 4:56 PM

Late yesterday, French leadership at the United Nations climate talks in Paris produced a new draft text of a global agreement calling on countries to keep temperature rise "well below" 2 degrees Celsius by 2100 but recognizing a maximum temperature rise of below 1.5 Celsius as an ideal...

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The Climate Post: Majority Calls for More Ambitious Deal in Paris

(2) Comments | Posted December 10, 2015 | 2:22 PM

More than 100 countries, including the United States, Colombia, Mexico, and the European Union, have formed a "high ambition coalition" in an effort to secure a final agreement at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris. But members will not be satisfied with merely reaching a final...

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The Climate Post: Tough Issues Linger in New Climate Deal Draft

(1) Comments | Posted December 9, 2015 | 2:46 PM

Climate negotiators at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21) in Paris have until Friday to reach a global deal to curb greenhouse gas emissions to avoid the most serious climate change impacts. Negotiators released a new, shorter draft of that deal. The 29-page document leaves some...

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The Climate Post: Sticking Points for the Paris Climate Talks

(3) Comments | Posted December 8, 2015 | 1:43 PM

At the Paris climate talks, where ministers are hammering out an international deal to curb climate change, two huge debates remain unresolved: the long-term global warming target and the amount and nature of finance that will flow to poor countries, a debate that hinges on differentiation of developing country and...

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The Climate Post: Second Week of Paris Talks Begins With Draft Text

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2015 | 1:53 PM

Over the weekend, negotiators at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris produced a draft accord for a global deal to curb climate change, leaving the final week for ministers to address several major issues in text to be finalized by Dec. 11. Our own Brian Murray...

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The Climate Post: Paris Climate Talks Begin

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2015 | 2:56 PM

At the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, world leaders on Monday suggested that stakes are too high to end negotiations on Dec. 11 without inking a climate deal that would limit global warming to two degrees Celsius over preindustrial levels--the U.N.-declared threshold for avoiding the most dangerous...

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The Climate Post: Tougher Rules for Pollution That Crosses State Lines

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 3:34 PM

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Tuesday proposed updates to its Cross-State Air Pollution Rule in response to a recent decision by the D.C. Circuit Court. The update now affects 23 states whose nitrogen oxide emissions blow into other states, increasing their ozone levels. No longer...

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The Climate Post: Saudi Arabia Joins Climate Change Effort

(3) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 3:47 PM

Saudi Arabia--the world's biggest crude oil exporter--has become the last of the G20 countries to submit an emissions pledge in the run up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, Nov. 30-Dec. 11. The desert kingdom said it will avoid up to 130 million tons...

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The Climate Post: Countries Position Themselves for Paris Climate Talks

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2015 | 8:08 PM

In a joint statement on Monday, China and France signaled that any deal reached at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, Nov. 30-Dec. 11, should include five-year reviews of emissions reductions commitments in order to "reinforce mutual confidence and promote efficient implementation."...

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The Climate Post: Clean Power Plan Publication Triggers Wave of Challenges

(8) Comments | Posted October 30, 2015 | 12:29 PM

The recent publication of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Power Plan in the Federal Register triggered the filing of lawsuits by dozens of states in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, along with other challenges, including a petition from a U.S. Chamber of...

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The Climate Post: Climate Change Gets Attention in Democratic Debate

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2015 | 3:27 PM

Four of the five candidates mentioned climate change a dozen times as a major campaign issue during at the Democratic presidential debates this week. Candidates at the Republican debate were largely silent on the issue.

"This debate shows that climate has become a central issue, right up...

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The Climate Post: U.N. Releases Draft of Negotiating Text for Paris Climate Talks

(1) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 5:08 PM

On Monday the United Nations unveiled a first draft of the negotiating text for climate talks later this year in Paris. That text has been reduced from more than 80 pages to  20 and will be further revised in Bonn, Germany, Oct. 19-23, to advance a...

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The Climate Post: China Announces Cap-and-Trade Program

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 1:37 PM

On his visit to Washington last week, Chinese president Xi Jinping announced that his country, the world's biggest carbon polluter, will launch a national cap-and-trade scheme in 2017. The move would make China the world's biggest carbon market and could strengthen global efforts to put a price on...

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