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Discussion Paper - Harvard Project on Climate Agreements

An Economic Anatomy of Optimal Climate Policy

| August 2018

The authors introduce geoengineering into an optimal control model of climate economics. Together with mitigation and adaptation, carbon and solar geoengineering span all possible climate policies. Their wildly different characteristics have important implications for policy. They show in the context of their model that: (i) whether emissions are positive or zero the optimal carbon tax always equals the marginal cost of carbon geoengineering; (ii) the introduction of either form of geoengineering leads to higher emissions yet lower temperatures; (iii) in a world with above-optimal cumulative emissions, mitigation alone is insufficient and only a complete set of instruments can minimize climate damages.

This is an updated version of a paper first published in July 2017.

Susan Biniaz

HPCA/Casey Billings

News - Harvard Project on Climate Agreements

Harvard Project on Climate Agreements Hosts Susan Biniaz

    Authors:
  • Robert C. Stowe
  • Casey Billings
| July 06, 2018

The Harvard Project on Climate Agreements hosted Susan Biniaz, former lead attorney for the U.S. climate-change negotiating team (1989 – 2017), for several days in mid-April 2018, meeting with students and faculty focusing on climate-change policy and the Paris Agreement.

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What Can an Economist Possibly Have to Say about Climate Change (in the Age of Trump)?

| May 03, 2018

Professor Stavins presents the RSIS Distinguished Public Lecture at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, in cooperation with the National University of Singapore, May 3, 2018.

View of the Toronto skyline from Toronto Harbour

Wikimedia/John Vetterli

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Harvard Project Co-Sponsors, with Ontario Government, Workshop on Linkage and Paris Agreement

    Author:
  • Robert C. Stowe
| Apr. 11, 2018

The workshop was titled, “Article 6 and North American Linkage: Finding Synergies,” and was held in Toronto, March 22, 2018. Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change hosted the meeting.

Rex Tillerson walks down a hallway

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Why Tillerson's Departure is Bad for U.S. Climate Change Policy

| Mar. 16, 2018

"In his tenure in the House of Representatives, before his move to the CIA, Pompeo, who represented a district in Kansas around Wichita, was a consistent, long-term, and vocal skeptic of the science of climate change, and an outspoken critic of the Obama administration’s climate policies...."

Venue for COP-23 in Bonn, Germany

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Harvard Project: Events and Outreach at COP-23

    Author:
  • Robert C. Stowe
| Dec. 30, 2017

The Harvard Project on Climate Agreements conducted three side-event panels at the Twenty-Third Conference of the Parties (COP-23) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), held in Bonn, Germany, November 6–17, 2017. (The government of Fiji officially presided over the COP.) COP-23 focused on elaborating the Paris Agreement, which was adopted at COP-21 in December 2015 and which entered into force on November 4, 2016.