ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE
May 26, 2015
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.
May 22, 2015
By Benjamin Franta, Research Fellow, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program
"One of the useful aspects of the divestment movement is that in the process of arguing about divestment, people reveal their beliefs and assumptions about climate change and what to do about it. (Who knew, for example, that the University of Colorado has climate deniers on its Board of Regents?)"
May 20, 2015
By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy
"The world is physically changing and that will put demands on future U.S. military officers. For the Coast Guard in particular, the changes in water — from the opening of the Arctic Ocean due to warming atmosphere to the devastation we have seen (and will see) in coastal nations — will bring about a brand new world order. This administration should know. Now that the Arctic is relatively ice-free for several months each year, a new and lasting occurrence, the administration recently approved offshore drilling in the Arctic, bringing a new challenge to the Coast Guard's response and recovery efforts."
May 11, 2015
Op-Ed, European Leadership Network
By Martin B. Malin, Executive Director, Project on Managing the Atom
"One of the dramas playing out this month in New York at the 2015 Review Conference for parties to the Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) concerns the future of discussions on establishing the weapons of mass destruction free zone in the Middle East..."
May 8, 2015
By Cristine Russell, Senior Fellow, Environment and Natural Resources Program
Should Harvard divest its financial holdings in fossil fuel companies to help address the climate change crisis? In the first Kennedy School public debate on this controversial issue, two prominent Harvard professors recently addressed that question, presenting arguments for and against joining the global divestment campaign.
April 30, 2015
On April 28, the Project on Managing the Atom joined the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, The Netherlands government, and the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) in convening nuclear nonproliferation experts from around the world at the United Nations to participate in a Symposium on the 2015 Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference.
April 20, 2015
"A key problem is that such controversy ultimately increases the likelihood of project failure. Think of major wind parks, carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects and shale gas schemes, for instance, which have been put under moratorium, or stopped altogether because of public opposition." The authors' research indicates that success or failure in such projects can be determined by how well discontent is handled in dialogue with those involved.
April 17, 2015
"How Much Attention Does Climate Change Warrant? A Conversation With Climate Scientist and Energy Technology and Public Policy Expert David Keith"
Op-Ed, The Huffington Post
HEA: You have conducted research on whether patents on solar geoengineering technologies could be banned and advocated for keeping these technologies in the public domain. What are the dangers of privatizing solar geoengineering?
Keith: With incredible technologies like this, you could destroy the world. You don't want private enterprise making nuclear weapons, and you don't want that with geoengineering. The decisions could impact the whole world and need to be taken as legitimately and as transparently as possible....
April 16, 2015
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.
April 15, 2015
Magazine or Newspaper Article, Climate Change National Forum
"The tactic of calling for institutional divestment from a target sector or industry is not entirely new. The most prominent examples from the past are probably the apartheid divestment movement of the 1960s–80s and the tobacco divestment movement of the 1990s. (Harvard partially divested from the apartheid sector after years of resisting student pressure and divested rather suddenly from the tobacco industry in 1990.)"