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February 25, 2016

Workshop on Financial Risk from Climate Change


By Bryan Galcik

On January 20, 2016, Harvard Project Director Robert Stavins presented at a workshop in Oslo, Norway—"Potential Climate Risks in Financial Markets." The workshop speakers offered different points of view on the effects of climate change on financial markets. Professor Stavins focused on what he determined to be a more important determinant of risk for financial markets than climate change itself—namely, climate-change policy. The goal of the workshop was to advance new research connecting financial economics and environmental economics.



July 20, 2015

Robert Stavins Presents at Future Energy Forum


By Bryan Galcik

Professor Stavins explained how the global commons dilemma provides a disincentive for action on climate change by individual countries since the climate benefits they gain individually would be less than the cost of action, while on a global basis the benefits could be much greater. Stavins argued that carbon taxes or cap-and-trade systems are the most effective solutions to reduce emissions.



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May 26, 2015

Harvard Project Hosts Workshop in Preparation for 2015 Paris Climate Conference


By Bryan Galcik and Robert C. Stowe

Experts from universities, think tanks, the World Bank, and private companies met at the Harvard Kennedy School on May 7 and 8, 2015 to discuss how flexible approaches to exchanging mitigation commitments might be incorporated into the new climate agreement to be concluded in Paris later in 2015. The workshop, "Comparison and Linkage of Mitigation Efforts in a New Paris Regime," was co-sponsored by the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, and World Bank Group's Networked Carbon Markets Initiative.



April 16, 2015

Linkage of GHG Emissions-trading Systems: A Harvard Project Climate Policy Article


By Bryan Galcik

Matthew Ranson, former student collaborator of the Harvard Project, and Robert Stavins, Director of the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, recently published their research on linking emissions-trading systems in the journal Climate Policy.



June 5, 2014

HPCA's Director Responds to EPA Proposal


By Bryan Galcik

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), at the direction of President Barack Obama, released a landmark rule on June 2, 2014 that aims to reduce carbon emissions from the electric-power sector by 30 percent, nationwide, below 2005 levels by 2030. Robert Stavins, Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and Director of the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, was interviewed by HKS about the new rule.



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June 4, 2014

Harvard Professor Martin Weitzman Gives Lecture in Berlin


By Bryan Galcik

Harvard Project on Climate Agreements collaborator and Professor of Economics at Harvard University Martin Weitzman discussed the potential of carbon taxes and cap-and-trade programs to deal with climate change. He also expressed his concerns regarding geoengineering.



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March 20, 2014

Be Careful What You Wish for—Lessons from U.S. Cap-and-Trade Experience


By Bryan Galcik

Harvard Project on Climate Agreements Director Robert N. Stavins delivered a presentation, "Be Careful What You Wish for—Lessons from U.S. Cap-and-Trade Experience," in Brussels, Belgium, on February 12–13, 2014, at The European Emissions Trading System—Taking Stock, Looking Forward: Options for Reform workshop.



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October 4, 2013

The Good News on Climate Change


By Robert C. Stowe and Bryan Galcik

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), visited the Harvard Kennedy School on September 27, 2013. The Harvard Project on Climate Agreements hosted Ms. Figueres, who met with Kennedy-School students, Harvard-College undergraduates, and faculty. She also held an open meeting attended by approximately 120 students from Boston-area universities. Her public address, entitled "The Good News on Climate Change," explored the potential of technological innovation to reduce the greenhouse-gas emissions that cause climate change.



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June 13, 2013

Harvard Project Co-hosts Workshop on Options for a New International Climate Regime


By Bryan Galcik

The Harvard Project on Climate Agreements and the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) convened thirty leading international researchers and policymakers on May 23 and 24, 2013 at MCC in Berlin. MCC and the Harvard Project are preparing a synthesis report intended to inform the UNFCCC's Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action as it attempts to forge a new agreement by December 2015.



May 22, 2012

"Post-Kyoto International Climate Policy: Implementing Architectures for Agreement"


By Bryan Galcik

Carol Dahl, Professor of Mineral and Energy Economics at the Colorado School of Mines, recently published an extensive review and summary (log in may be required) of this Harvard-Project volume, along with the companion Post-Kyoto International Climate Policy: Summary for Policy Makers, in the Energy Journal (Vol. 33, No. 2, 2012). Professor Dahl notes that "Anyone interested in climate policy, especially economists and policy makers that are non-specialist in the area, but looking for a good overview of the problems and potential solutions, can benefit from this book."

Events Calendar

We host a busy schedule of events throughout the fall, winter and spring. Past guests include: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former Vice President Al Gore, and former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev.