The Duke Digest - March 19, 2010
In Today's Issue:
- Duke Researcher: Using Public Lands for Climate Mitigation Requires Balancing Act
- Duke Professor Testifies on Freedom of Information Act Issues Before House Subcommittee
- Duke Conference March 29 to Examine Economics of Investing in Children
DUKE RESEARCHER: USING PUBLIC LANDS FOR CLIMATE MITIGATION REQUIRES BALANCING ACT
Carbon sequestration and other ecosystem services provided by the approximately 650 million acres of federal public land in the United States could contribute significantly to long-term efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat global warming, according to a new Duke University working paper. But adding new climate objectives to these lands’ already lengthy list of federally managed activities and objectives will require a careful balancing act, the paper’s authors say.
“Lawmakers and land managers who want to tap into the vast climate-mitigation potential of public lands in general, and the nearly 650 million acres of federal lands in particular, need to make sure that any new climate objectives mesh with other mandated uses, including endangered species preservation, recreation, soil and water conservation, grazing, energy and natural resource extraction, and timber harvesting,” says Christopher Galik, research coordinator at Duke’s Climate Change Policy Partnership (CCPP).
Balancing Act Required to Tap Federal Lands' Potential for Climate Mitigation (Nicholas.duke.edu)
DUKE PROFESSOR TESTIFIES ON FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ISSUES BEFORE HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE
Duke Professor Sarah Cohen, Knight Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy, testified on Thursday before the House Information Policy, Census, and National Archives Subcommittee, a subcommittee of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The hearing was entitled, "Administration of the Freedom of Information Act: Current Trends" and included panels of leading experts in the field.
Testimony of Sarah Cohen
DUKE CONFERENCE ON MARCH 29 TO EXAMINE ECONOMICS OF INVESTING IN CHILDREN
A half-day conference at Duke University on Monday, March 29 will explore questions related to the economics of investing in children. The event also celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke. The “Investing in Children” conference is from 1:45 to 6:30 p.m. at the Sanford School of Public Policy on Duke’s West Campus. The event is free and open to the public, though registration is requested.
The activities begin with a forum on economic investments in children featuring panelists including former North Carolina Governor James B. Hunt, Jr., followed by an open house where attendees can learn more about the center’s research and policy work.
The keynote speaker is Nobel Prize-winning economist James J. Heckman, Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at The University of Chicago, who will talk about “The Economics of Investing in Children: The Role of Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Skills.”
For a complete schedule and to register, visit www.childandfamilypolicy.duke.edu/events/10yr_anniversary.php.
Duke Conference on March 29 to Examine Economics of Investing in Children (Duke News)