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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.

Video - Falling Walls Foundation

Science in a Multilateral World

  • Jan-Martin Wiarda
  • Andrei Fursenko
  • Wan Gang
  • Annette Schavan
| Nov. 08, 2020

What can science and science policy do to jointly overcome the pandemic and other crises for a prospective future of the global society? What is the best case scenario for the dialogue between politics and science? How can science succeed as a diplomacy of trust? These are some of the questions this discussion will seek to answer.

Social Distancing in Trader Joe's parking lot

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Report - opcast.org

Epidemiological Modeling Needs New, Coherent, Federal Support for the Post-COVID-19 Era

  • Christine Cassel
  • Christopher Chyba
  • Susan Graham
  • Richard C. Levin
  • Ed Penhoet
  • William Press
  • Maxine Savitz
  • Harold Varmus
| Sep. 28, 2020

Epidemiological modeling is an important but under-supported field of science that lacks a clear home among the federal science-funding agencies. Additional basic research and translational work in the field is needed between pandemics, and greater operational capabilities are needed during epidemics. The authors of this report have identified here a series of actions that can strengthen modeling efforts and their operationalization, to make the country better prepared for the next pandemic.