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Meenakshi Dewan, 20, brings something very special to her home in Orissa, India: electricity. She is one of four women in her village trained in solar power engineering.

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Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

The Energy Transition in India—Towards Climate Change Mitigation

Tue., Feb. 19, 2019 | 10:15am - 12:00pm

Rubenstein Building - Room 414 A/B

Speakers: 

  • Mr. Ajay Kumar Bhalla, Secretary, Ministry of Power, Government of India
  • Dr. Ajay Mathur, Director General, The Energy and Resources Institute, New Delhi; India
  • Prof. Johannes Urpelainen, Founding Director, Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy (ISEP), Johns Hopkins University, Washington D.C.
  • Mr. Ranjit Bharvirkar, Principal and India Program Director, Regulatory Assistance Project, Vermont

Moderated by Professor John P. Holdren,  Co-Director,  Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program

The seminar will begin with an introduction of the Science, Technology, & Public Policy Program and its focus on India's energy decarbonization and then each speaker will present for 15 minutes. This will be followed by a panel discussion and question and answer session moderated by Prof. John P. Holdren.

Coffee & Tea will be provided.

Co-sponsored by the Consortium of Energy Policy Research

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

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Seminar - Open to the Public

A Nuclear Role in Decarbonization?

Wed., Apr. 25, 2018 | 10:00am - 11:30am

Littauer Building - Fainsod Room, 324

Speaker: Michael Ford, French Environmental Fellow, Harvard University Center for the Environment.

In this seminar, we will briefly examine the history of the U.S. Department of Energy in advanced nuclear research and development and propose an alternative path that is better suited to the market and technical realities of advanced nuclear concepts. We will also examine broader issues of institutional capacity that may impact the wider deployment of nuclear power to meet carbon mitigation goals.

Seminar - Open to the Public

"On Time and Glaciers" with Icelandic Writer Andri Snær Magnason

Thu., Apr. 19, 2018 | 12:30pm - 1:45pm

Belfer Building - Weil Town Hall, 1st Floor

The Arctic Initiative will host a seminar with Andri Snær Magnason, award-winning author of the book Dreamland: A Self-Help Manual for a Frightened Nation, a longtime bestseller in Iceland, and documentary filmmaker. He will discuss how art -- literature, film, folklore -- can help us confront the realities of climate change.

Lunch will be served. RSVP requested.

Pyroclastic flows descend the south-eastern flank of Mayon Volcano, Philippines. Maximum height of the eruption column was 15 km above sea level, and volcanic ash fell within about 50 km toward the west.

Wikimedia/C.G. Newhall

Seminar - Open to the Public

Estimating Global Agro-Economic Impacts of Geoengineering Using Volcanic Eruptions as Natural Experiments

Tue., Apr. 10, 2018 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Speaker: Solomon Hsiang, Chancellor's Associate Professor of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley

The fourth Solar Geoengineering Research Seminar, co-sponsored by the Harvard University Center for the Environment, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and the Belfer Center's Science, Technology, and Public Policy program. Lunch provided. Formal seminars are interspersed with more informal weekly reading group meetings on Wednesdays to deepen members' understanding of solar geoengineering research.

Lunch provided. RSVP required.

Seminar - Open to the Public

"Is the Arctic Drowning in Financial Nationalism?" with Tero Vauraste

Tue., Apr. 3, 2018 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

The Arctic Initiative will host a seminar with Tero Vauraste, Chair of the Arctic Economic Council and CEO of the Finnish specialized icebreaker company, Arctia Group. Mr. Vauraste will discuss the linkages between free trade, the environment, and security. The discussion will be moderated by Halla Hrund Logadóttir, Co-Founder of the Arctic Initiative. 

Lunch will be served. RSVP required.

Salem and Hope Creek Nuclear Reactors

Peretz Partensky/Flickr

Seminar - Open to the Public

Can we break the link between nuclear energy and nuclear weapons?

Wed., Mar. 28, 2018 | 10:00am - 11:30am

One Brattle Square - Room 350

Speaker: AMB Laura S. H. Holgate

Advanced nuclear reactors offer enormous promise as carbon-free solutions for a range of energy and development challenges due to their potentially lower cost, flexibility, and enhanced safety. To meaningfully influence climate change, these reactors will need to be widely deployed, including in countries without extensive nuclear experience and in designs using novel fuel cycles. And policymakers, regulators, and civil society will need to have confidence that these reactors are designed not only with safety and cost in mind but also with due consideration to whether terrorists, insiders, or even governments can sabotage a facility or acquire or divert nuclear material that could be used for weapons. Meeting these challenges requires more than a slogan of “proliferation resistance” and relates to security- and safeguards-by-design as well as fuel cycle characteristics. Reactors that incorporate security- and safeguards-by-design could become more attractive exports, maximizing economic and national security benefits for the United States.

Seminar - Open to the Public

Seminar with Mr. Jóhann Sigurjónsson, Iceland's Special Envoy on Ocean Affairs

Tue., Mar. 20, 2018 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

Harvard Kennedy School

The Arctic Initiative will host a seminar, "Is sustainable management of marine resources sufficient to meet increasing global demand for fish? The Icelandic story of relying on scientific policymaking to ensure sustainable fish stocks" with Mr. Jóhann Sigurjónsson, Iceland's Special Envoy on Ocean Affairs and a former Director General of Iceland's Marine Research Institute, discussing Icelandic resource management and science-based policy.

The seminar will be held in the Marc Heng and Family Conference Room (Wex 102).  Lunch will be served.  RSVP is required as space is limited.