Industrialization of Oceans
Off shore exploration and production of oil, natural gas, and wind as well the expansion of ports and shiping lanes is a focus area of faculty and students at the Duke Center for Sustainability and Commerce. For the last two years our team has been undertaking deliberate examinations of the environmental and economic implications of this growing sector of the global economy.
On January 27, 2015 President Obama opened up the shores off the southeastern United States for offshore energy production. This means that from Virginia to Georgia, there could be expanded exploration and eventually a coastline developed with energy producing platforms bringing with it energy independence, jobs and the risk to important ecosystems far beyond the location of the platforms themselves.
The center has made available a variety of "Fact Sheets' and presentations summarizing our research. We encourage you to take a look.