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John Holdren to receive 2022 NAS Public Welfare Medal

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Press Release - National Academy of Sciences

John Holdren to Receive Public Welfare Medal from National Academy of Sciences

| Jan. 26, 2022

The National Academy of Sciences is presenting the 2022 NAS Public Welfare Medal to John P. Holdren for his many years of work on behalf of science, particularly in his role as science advisor to former President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2017, making Holdren the longest serving presidential science advisor since World War II.  The medal is the Academy’s most prestigious award, established in 1914 and presented annually to honor extraordinary use of science for the public good.

Ethanol refinery with carbon capture equipment

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Policy Brief

Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage: Technologies and Costs in the U.S. Context

| January 2022

Carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) is very likely to be a key technology for achieving the Biden administration's goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. But absent regulation requiring its use, CCUS needs to become more economical in order for deployment in the United States to expand significantly.

Photo of a member of security moving to apprehend a demonstrator at the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021.

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Analysis & Opinions - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Takeaways from COP26 in Glasgow

Following the conclusion of the 2021 COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, we asked several of our climate experts for their takeaways from the conference and its impacts on climate change.

Photo of John Holdren walking with Pres. Barack Obama at White House, 2014.

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News - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

John P. Holdren Receives Arthur M. Bueche Award from National Academy of Engineering 

| Oct. 06, 2021

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has honored John P. Holdren with its prestigious Arthur M. Bueche Award for his “extraordinary impact on the engineering profession” and for his “contributions to technology research, policy, and national and international cooperation.” The presentation was made during the NAE’s annual meeting Oct. 3 in Washington, D.C., where it also presented its Simon Ramo Founders Award to William A. Wulf, University of Virginia Professor Emeritus.  

Audio - Harvard Environmental Economics Program

Assessing the Biden Administration's Climate Policy: A Conversation with John Holdren

| July 08, 2021

John Holdren, former director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, expressed his optimism in the Biden Administration’s approach to climate policy in the latest episode of “Environmental Insights: Discussions on Policy and Practice from the Harvard Environmental Economics Program,” a podcast produced by the Harvard Environmental Economics Program.

Melting Glacier

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Analysis & Opinions - The Hill

Climate Change is Rapidly Transforming the Arctic: Why Everybody Should Care

| June 09, 2021

John Holdren writes: For the last couple of decades, though, climate change has been transforming practically everything about the Arctic that matters to people both inside and outside of the region. That’s because the Arctic as a whole has been warming two to three times faster than the rest of the world. The accumulating effects of this extreme warming are now manifesting themselves in a multiplicity of ways...And of greatest importance for rest of the world, the rapid pace of climate change in the Arctic is influencing the pace and impacts of climate change elsewhere.


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Journal Article - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Permafrost Carbon Feedbacks Threaten Global Climate Goals

  • Susan M. Natali
  • Brendan M. Rogers
  • Rachael Treharne
  • Philip Duffy
  • Rafe Pomerance
  • Erin MacDonald
| May 25, 2021

There is an urgent need to incorporate the latest science on carbon emissions from permafrost thaw and northern wildfires into international consideration of how much more aggressively societal emissions must be reduced to address the global climate crisis.

submerged shoreline with exposed rock and fallen or dead trees

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Analysis & Opinions - The Hill

Settled Enough: Climate Science, Skepticism and Prudence

| May 24, 2021

John P. Holdren writes that because of the huge potential importance of the evidence of global climate change for policy and for human well-being on the largest scale, moreover, its details and its conclusions have been scrutinized and re-scrutinized to a staggering degree. It was the conclusions based on this evidence, made even more robust by the continuing growth of climate-related damages in the ensuing years, that motivated 195 countries  to sign the Paris Agreement in December 2015. The science was rightly considered "settled enough."

man takes a rapid COVID-19 test

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John P. Holdren

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Analysis & Opinions - Harvard Gazette

Is Science Back? Harvard's Holdren Says 'Yes'

  • Alvin Powell
| Nov. 16, 2020

 The Gazette spoke with John Holdren, Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and professor of environmental science and policy in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, about what the incoming Biden-Harris administration reinstalling science as a foundation for government policy means.