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Explore the International Master of Environmental Policy

New economic opportunities in emerging economies and around the globe have brought complex environmental challenges—from increased air and water pollution to food security to energy and climate change.


Could foreign aid help stop Central Americans from coming to the U.S.? Here’s what you need to know.

 On Monday, the State Department announced details of President Trump’s promised cuts to foreign aid for the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, warning that future U.S. funding will require these countries to improve efforts to decrease migration. The announcement comes as the number of Central Americans crossing the southwest U.S. border continues to increase, with 144,000 migrants and asylum seekers taken into custody in May.


What Americans Need to Know About Reparations Ahead of This Week’s Big Hearing

Ta-Nehisi Coates and Danny Glover are scheduled to testify

On Wednesday, a House Judiciary subcommittee will hold the first congressional hearing in more than a decade on the subject of reparations. Ta-Nehisi Coates, the author of the 2014 essay “The Case for Reparations,” and actor Danny Glover are scheduled to testify at the hearing, which will focus in part on H.R. 40, a piece of legislation that would establish a commission “to study and consider a national apology and proposal for reparations for the institution of slavery, its subsequent de jure and de facto racial and economic discrimination against African-Americans, and the impact of these forces on living African-Americans.”


Answering New Parents’ Cries for Help [Podcast]

On this episode of the award-winning Ways & Means, we go inside an innovative, free public program that helps new moms and dads adjust to life with a newborn. In each location where the Family Connects program is offered, all families, rich and poor, are eligible to have a visiting nurse come right to the home after the birth of a child.


New Ways to Teach About the Fight for Civil Rights [VIDEO]

Dozens of teachers across the country taught about the civil rights movement in a more nuanced way this year.


Sanford Podcast Wins National CASE Circle of Excellence Award

The Sanford School podcast, “Ways & Means,” has won a national Circle of Excellence Award, Gold level, from the Council fo


New Bull City 150 Exhibit on Durham's Education Struggle

The Bull City 150 project will open a new public exhibit, "The Schools We All Deserve: The struggle for educational equity in Durham, N.C.," on May 31, 2019, at the W.G. Pearson Center, from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit explores the history of education in Durham from the 1800s to the present, and shows how each generation responded to racial and economic educational inequality. Many fought and organized and made huge sacrifices to further educational equity. Others resisted -- some loudly, some quietly.


Giving Rural Indians What They Want Increases Demand For Cookstoves

Global health efforts to design and deliver improved cookstoves don’t always catch on. Experience has shown poor households in rural settings will rarely pay for or use these new stoves, which are intended to lower firewood demands and improve indoor and outdoor air quality.  However, adopting some common business practices, such as upgrading the supply chain, performing careful market analysis and offering price rebates, can increase purchase and adoption of improved cookstoves by as much as 50 percent in rural India, according to a new study led by Duke University researchers.


Don’t Just Document Declines In Nature. Reverse Them [Podcast]

In a new intergovernmental report, scientists say a million species of plants and animals could go extinct due to climate change, many within our lifetimes. Sanford School Professor Alexander Pfaff contributed to the report. In this episode of Policy 360, he talks about history, and the five hurdles that have tripped policymakers and advocates up in the past when it comes to reversing environmental loss.


Barnes Named Grant Scholar: Will Research Poverty, Race in North Carolina

Carolyn Barnes, assistant professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy, has been named a William T. Grant Scholar. The prestigious program selects fewer than six promising early-career researchers each year, based on the scholars’ potential to become influential researchers. Barnes will receive $350,000 over the next five years to support a study titled “How Politics, Poverty, and Social Policy Implementation Shape Racial Inequality in Child Development in the Rural South.”