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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.

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The Climate Post: UN Climate Negotiators Ink Deal in Lima

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 5:35 PM

Negotiators have reached a deal at United Nations (UN) talks in Peru, setting the stage for a global climate pact in Paris in December 2015. The agreement, dubbed the Lima Call for Climate Action, for the first time in history commits every nation to reducing its rate of...

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The Climate Post: Negotiations Heat Up in Closing Stages of UN Climate Change Conference

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 4:51 PM

Optimism at the outset of the 2014 United Nations Climate Change Conference 20th Conference of the Parties in Lima, Peru, has given way to the hard work of reaching high-level resolution prior to the December 2015 UN meeting in Paris.

Among the challenges is disagreement about regular auditing...

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The Climate Post: Optimism at UN Climate Change Conference

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 5:01 PM

At the 2014 United Nations Climate Change Conference twentieth Conference of the Parties, known as COP20, in Lima, Peru, delegates from more than 190 nations are hashing out details of an international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions and curb permanent damage caused by global warming. Those details will...

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The Climate Post: IEA Unveils World Energy Outlook 2014: Looking Ahead to 2040

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 4:46 PM

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released its World Energy Outlook (WEO) 2014 report, which for the first time provides energy trend projections through the year 2040. Among the key challenges in the next two and a half decades is, a 37 percent rise in global energy demand,...

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The Climate Post: U.S., China Reach Climate Deal

(1) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 5:18 PM

Two nations that account for more than one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions reached a climate deal. The United States will accelerate the pace of its net greenhouse gas emissions reductions from 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 to 26-28 percent by 2025. China will increase the non-fossil...

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The Climate Post: Climate Change Risks, Impacts Focus of Reports

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 4:38 PM

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its Fifth Assessment Synthesis Report warning that greenhouse gas levels are at the highest they have been in 800,000 years.

"We have little time before the window of opportunity to stay within the 2C of warming closes,"

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The Climate Post: EPA Refines Pollution Rules

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 5:24 PM

Last week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was told by a federal appeals court that it could move forward with implementing a program to curb air pollution that crosses state lines. The Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CASPR) would require 28 states to reduce emissions...

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The Climate Post: Ozone Focus of EPA's Latest Rulemaking

(1) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 5:42 PM

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule that sets domestic production consumption limits for hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs)--eventually phasing them out completely by 2020. The rule aims to reduce emissions from leakage and stockpiles of four HCFCs, a class of refrigerant linked to ozone depletion and...

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The Climate Post: U.S., Military to Plan More Strategically for Climate Change

(1) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 12:35 PM

Climate change is a "threat multiplier" and worse than many of the challenges the U.S. military is already grappling with, according to a new report by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). The New York Times indicated that the report marks a departure from...

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The Climate Post: Studies Focus on Warming of Oceans

(14) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 5:38 PM

Oceans absorb carbon dioxide and 90 percent of the heat caused by human activity--making their warming a critical topic for climate research. Two new studies--one on the upper oceans and one on deeper ocean depths--share findings about climate change's effect on these water bodies.

The first...

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The Climate Post: Studies Link Climate Change to Recent Extreme Weather Events

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 1:21 PM

New research in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society finds that climate change influenced the majority of 16 extreme weather events in 2013. Specifically, it found evidence that climate change linked to human causes--particularly burning of fossil fuels--increased the odds of nine extreme...

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The Climate Post: World Sees Some Tangible Outcomes from U.N. Climate Summit

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 4:28 PM

World leaders gathered in New York this week for the United Nations Climate Summit, a meeting aimed at raising carbon reduction ambitions and mobilizing progress toward a global climate deal. In speeches at the summit, President Obama and other leaders recognized that countries across the world are feeling...

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The Climate Post: The Cost of Fixing Climate Change

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 5:37 PM

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions could boost the economy rather than slow it, according to a new study by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. Better Growth, Better Climate: The New Climate Economy Report finds that roughly $90 trillion will be spent in the next 15 years...

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The Climate Post: U.N. Report Says Carbon Dioxide Levels at Record Highs

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 4:32 PM

The concentration and the rate of carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the atmosphere are spiking, according to new analysis from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Scientists believe the record levels are not only the result of emissions but also of plants and oceans' inability to absorb...

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The Climate Post: EPA Considering Lower Ozone Standard, Methane Strategy

(1) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 12:35 PM

In its Policy Assessment for the Review of the Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards report--released Friday--the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggests revising the health-based national ambient air quality standard for ozone.

"Staff concludes that it is appropriate in this review to consider a revised primary [ozone]...

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The Climate Post: Court Ruling Could Affect Nation's Electric Grid

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 1:46 PM

Editor's Note: While Tim Profeta is on vacation, Jeremy Tarr, policy associate in the Climate and Energy Program at Duke's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will author The Climate Post. Tim will post again August 28.

A unanimous ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals...

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The Climate Post: Report, Initiatives Aim to Take Action on Climate Change

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 11:12 AM

Editor's Note: While Tim Profeta is on vacation, Jeremy Tarr, policy associate in the Climate and Energy Program at Duke's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will author The Climate Post. Tim will post again August 28.

A new report from the White House...

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The Climate Post: Rule for Regulating Existing Power Plants under Fire

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 6:57 PM

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee during a hearing on "EPA's Proposed Carbon Pollution Standards for Existing Power Plants." Debate about the proposed rule to regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants has swirled since the rule's...

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The Climate Post: White House Announces New Climate Change Initiatives

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 4:34 PM

The White House on Wednesday announced executive actions to help states and communities build their resilience to more intense storms, high heat, sea level rise, and other effects of climate change. The actions, which involve several federal agencies, were among the recommendations by the president's State,...

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The Climate Post: China and U.S. Sign Pacts on Climate Change

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 3:45 PM

The world's two largest carbon emitters have signed pacts to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The deals--actually eight projects demonstrating smart grids and carbon capture, utilization and storage--were made through the China-U.S. Climate Change Working Group and will involve companies and research bodies.

"The significance...

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