536 Past Events

Commercial fishing vessel Cloud Nine near Sitka as seen from the Fairweather ferry

Ed Schoenfeld/ Flickr

Seminar - Open to the Public

High Stakes on the High Seas and Beyond

Tue., Apr. 23, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

Please join the Environment and Natural Resources Program for a seminar with NYU environmental studies Professor Jennifer Jacquet on overfishing and unsustainable aquaculture.  Professor Jacquet will discuss some of the recent science to understanding fisheries on the high seas, and how it relates to the current negotiations at the United Nation on conservation and sustainable use of the high seas.

Lunch will be provided.

Residents of a nearby small town listen to government evacuation plan following Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear meltdown

Irish Typead/Flickr

Seminar - Open to the Public

The Future of Fukushima

Tue., Apr. 16, 2019 | 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Center for Government and International Studies

Belfer Case Study Room (S020), CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street

Sponsored by the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

Co-Sponsored by the Environment and Natural Resources Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Seminar - Open to the Public

Building a Sustainable Ocean Economy

Wed., Feb. 13, 2019 | 8:30am - 10:00am

Littauer Building - Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor

Professor Nicholas Burns and Kåre Aas, Ambassador of Norway to the United States, will discuss the role of diplomacy in combating climate change and the precarious state of our shared oceans. 

Co-sponsored by the Arctic Initiative and the Environment and Natural Resources Program at the Belfer Center. 


a couple walks through San Francisco wearing masks to protect from smoke and haze after wildfires

AP/ Eric Risberg

Seminar - Open to the Public

Covering Catastrophe: The Dire Science & Heated Politics of Climate Change in the Trump Era

Tue., Feb. 12, 2019 | 4:15pm - 5:30pm

Littauer Building - Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor

Please join the Belfer Center's Environment and Natural Resources Program for a lively discussion with The Washington Post's national environmental reporter Brady Dennis and The Guardian's Emily Holden.

Moderated by Cristine Russell, the event is cosponsored by the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy and the HKS student SEE PIC—Sustainability, Energy, Environment. 

Refreshments will be served.

NASA and the National Snow and Ice Data Center announced on Aug. 27, 2012, that the ice cap covering the Arctic Ocean is now smaller than ever recorded since consistent satellite measurements of the ice began more than three decades ago.

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Can Women Tip the Balance for Climate Action? An Arctic Case Study

Mon., Feb. 11, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Taubman Building - WAPPP Cason Seminar Room, Room 102

Speakers: Fran Ulmer, Chair, U.S. Arctic Research Commission; Senior Fellow, Arctic Initiative; Elizabeth Arnold, Journalist

Moderator: Halla Hrund Logadóttir, Co-founder and Co-Director, Arctic Initiative 

As climate change begins to impact communities globally, it's crucial for women to take a stand as leaders for ethical and equitable climate adaptation. Nowhere is this leadership challenge felt more strongly than in the Arctic. 

This program is co-hosted by the Harvard Kennedy School's Arctic Initiative and the Women and Public Policy Program.

Lunch provided.  Please RSVP to karin_vander_schaaf@hks.harvard.edu by 4 PM, Friday, February 8, 2019. RSVPs recorded on a first-requested, first-reserved basis.

Arctic Ocean off Tromso, Norway.

Wikimedia/Vinay Deep

Seminar - Open to the Public

Precaution in Action: The New Arctic Fisheries Agreement

Wed., Nov. 7, 2018 | 12:15pm - 1:30pm

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

Speaker: Amb. David A. Balton, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Fisheries, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs

The Central Arctic Ocean has essentially been ice-covered year-round since the dawn of human history … until now. As a result of climate change, a growing portion of the Arctic Ocean is ice-free for an increasing part of the year, making it possible to contemplate the advent of high seas fisheries in the region. But on October 3, 2018, nine nations and the European Union signed an unusual international agreement that will effectively postpone the start of such fisheries and will instead launch a joint program of scientific research for the Arctic. David Balton, who chaired the negotiations that produced this agreement, will describe the geopolitical forces that made the agreement possible, outline the agreement's basic elements, and consider the place of the agreement in the growing architecture for governing the Arctic Ocean.

Lunch provided.

RSVP by 5 PM, Tuesday, November 6