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Ship engineer Wim Giabeler, right, and deckhand Gerard Bakulikira, left, wear Romware COVID Radius digital bracelets as they work on deck of a tugboat in the Port of Antwerp, Belgium. The Romware ONE bracelet will allow employees to resume work safely as the bracelet monitors physical distance and traces contacts.

(AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Analysis & Opinions

COVID’s Broader Impacts: Risks and Recommendations

While the world’s health and economy are the clearest victims of COVID-19, the pandemic has impacted nearly every aspect of society – from national security to international relationships. We asked several of our experts to share their thoughts on risks and/or recommendations that policymakers and the public should consider in the coming weeks and months.

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Policy and Action on Plastic in the Arctic Ocean: October 2019 Workshop Summary & Recommendations

| April 2020

The Belfer Center’s Arctic Initiative and the Wilson Center’s Polar Institute co-hosted a workshop with the Icelandic Chairmanship of the Arctic Council at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government entitled, Policy and Action on Plastic in the Arctic Ocean. The event convened global thought leaders, diverse stakeholders, and subject matter experts to begin developing a framework for tackling Arctic marine plastic pollution as one of the focus areas for the Icelandic Chairmanship. 

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

Spotlight: Fran Ulmer

| Fall/Winter 2019-2020

Fran Ulmer is a Senior Fellow with the Belfer Center’s Arctic Initiative. She also is Chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission and Global Board Chair of The Nature Conservancy. She has served in Alaska as Mayor of Juneau, State Representative, and Lieutenant Governor– the first woman elected to statewide office in the state. She also was Chancellor of the University of Alaska.

sun sets over melting sea ice on Peel Sound

AP/David Goldman

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

Outlook for the Polar Regions in a 2 Degrees Warmer World

| Dec. 04, 2019

With 2019 on pace as one of the warmest years on record, a major new study from the University of California, Davis, reveals how rapidly the Arctic is warming and examines global consequences of continued polar warming.

dead common murres lie washed up on a rocky beach

AP/Mark Thiessen, File

Journal Article - Science Advances

The Polar Regions in a 2°C Warmer World

    Authors:
  • Eric Post
  • Richard B. Alley
  • Torben R. Christiansen
  • Marc Macias-Fauria
  • Bruce C. Forbes
  • Michael N. Gooseff
  • Amy Iler
  • Jeffrey T. Kerby
  • Kristin L. Laidre
  • Michael E. Mann
  • Johan Olofsson
  • Julienne C. Stroeve
  • Ross A. Virginia
  • Muyin Wang
| Dec. 04, 2019

Over the past decade, the Arctic has warmed by 0.75°C, far outpacing the global average, while Antarctic temperatures have remained comparatively stable. As Earth approaches 2°C warming, the Arctic and Antarctic may reach 4°C and 2°C mean annual warming, and 7°C and 3°C winter warming, respectively. Expected consequences of increased Arctic warming include ongoing loss of land and sea ice, threats to wildlife and traditional human livelihoods, increased methane emissions, and extreme weather at lower latitudes.

Fran Ulmer speaking to Harvard Kennedy School students

Benn Craig, Belfer Center

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

Fran Ulmer Named Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center

| Aug. 28, 2019

Fran Ulmer has joined the Belfer Center as Senior Fellow in residence. She will work with the Arctic Initiative, a joint effort of the Center's programs on Environment and Natural Resources and Science, Technology, and Public Policy.

Arctic Circle Assembly Logo

Benn Craig/Belfer Center

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

Apply to Be an Arctic Innovator Delegate

| Aug. 27, 2019

The Belfer Center's Arctic Initiative is selecting a small group of 2–3 Harvard students to present their ideas at the Arctic Innovation Lab in Iceland. The Lab takes place at the world's largest Arctic gathering, the Arctic Circle Assembly, from October 10–13, 2019.  The application deadline is Friday, September 6, 2019.

A view at the Senior Arctic Officials’ meeting 13-14 March 2019 in Ruka, Kuusamo Finland. (Courtesy Arctic Council)

Arctic Council

Paper - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Wilson International Center for Scholars

A Strategic Plan for the Arctic Council: Recommendations for Moving Forward

| June 2019

The Arctic Council is the most respected intergovernmental forum for the Arctic. For more than 20 years, it has served as a vital mechanism for collaboration among the eight Arctic States, with the active participation of Arctic Indigenous Peoples and a diverse and growing group of Observers. The Council has promoted peaceful cooperation on a wide range of issues, with a particular focus on sustainable development and environmental protection.

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

Belfer Center Events: The Week in Photos

See highlights from Belfer Center events with speakers including Susan Landau, Erica Chenoweth, Hank Paulson, Gen. Joseph Votel, Jason Rezaian, Fran Ullmer, Jill Lepore, Susan Gordon, and more.