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Supply Chain Scaling: Ecosystem Impacts of Transition Mineral Use

This virtual event is part of the Gilman Climate Leaders Seminar Series (March 24 - May 12), designed by the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and Duke University Energy Initiative and funded by the U.S. Department of State. The interdisciplinary series aims to enhance attendees' understanding of the climate crisis-including its social, political, and economic impacts-through a foreign policy lens. Featured speakers include Duke University faculty as well as other prominent scholars and professionals. About the fourth seminar in the series: In order to deploy the low- and zero-carbon energy technologies that will enable the global economy to meet Paris Agreement greenhouse gas reduction goals, the world will need massive quantities of energy transition minerals such as lithium, nickel, cobalt, and graphite. This seminar will dig into these needs and the possible ecosystem threats that mining for these minerals poses. Speakers will discuss where these minerals are located, the ecosystems found in those locations, and the role of recycling in limiting the need. The seminar will feature an engaged discussion among Steve Roady (Duke University), a long-time ocean advocate; Megan Cook (Duke University), an ocean explorer; and Renee Grogan, a consultant who works with seabed mining companies. The first seven seminars in the series are open to students at all U.S. colleges and universities as well as to the Duke community, including students, alumni, faculty, and staff. An eighth seminar will be offered exclusively to students and alumni of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholars Program. Learn more and register:


Civic Engagement/Social Action, Energy, Global, Human Rights, Law, Panel/Seminar/Colloquium, Politics, Sustainability, Webcast