47 Items

Gabrielle Scrimshaw, a 2018 MPA candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School, whose pitch for an indigenous investment fund was voted the best idea to improve the Arctic by the audience and a panel of judges at an Arctic Innovators event Nov. 15.

Benn Craig

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

Students Offer Innovative Ideas for Tackling Climate Change Impacts on Arctic

    Author:
  • Jacob Carozza
| Nov. 20, 2017

An event held in the Kennedy School's Bell Hall Nov. 15 challenged students in the Arctic Initiative's Arctic Innovators program to present their ideas to improve the region in a two and a half minute pitch.

teaser image

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

Harvard Kennedy School Faculty React to President's Call to Withdraw from UN Climate Agreement

    Editor:
  • Doug Gavel
| June 02, 2017

President Donald Trump announced yesterday (June 1, 2017) that the United States will withdraw from the landmark international climate change agreement reached by 195 countries in Paris in December 2015. The president stated that the agreement threatens U.S. economic interests and American sovereignty. The announcement was denounced by Belfer Center faculty members Nicholas Burns, John P. Holdren, Meghan O'Sullivan, Cristine Russell, and Robert Stavins, and by the Kennedy School's David Gergen.

Participants at the COP22 climate conference stage a public show of support for climate negotiations and Paris agreement

AP

Analysis & Opinions - Woods Hole Research Center

Paris Withdrawal Would Be Closer To 'America Last' Than 'America First'

| May 31, 2017

The Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) posted statements by WHRC President Dr. Philip Duffy and WHRC Senior Advisor Dr. John P. Holdren, who is also co-directs the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, on the consequences of U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement.

U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and Head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi, left, meet at an hotel in Vienna, July 9, 2015

AP

Analysis & Opinions - Scientific American

How International Cooperation in Research Advances Both Science and Diplomacy

| Apr. 27, 2017

"The partial budget blueprint released by the White House recently will put U.S. leadership in science and technology at serious risk if Congress goes along. In addition to the obvious damage that would result from the proposed $5.8 billion cut at NIH, the $2 billion cut in applied energy R&D, the $900 million cut in DOE’s Office of Science, the abolition of ARPA-E, and the research cuts at NOAA and EPA, a less immediately obvious potential casualty would be U.S. scientific cooperation with a wide variety of other countries on a wide variety of topics."

teaser image

Analysis & Opinions - A-id

US Climate Policy Under President Trump: Why the Sky is Dark, but Not Falling

| December 1, 2016

"With such radical and scientifically ignorant positions being advocated by the president-elect, many of us—myself included—saw November 8th as the day the sky began to fall. Fortunately, our domestic democratic institutions and the global response to climate change are bigger and more resilient than any one man. While a Trump presidency will certainly be detrimental to progress on climate change, it won’t be as catastrophic as many of us are thinking."

Heads of State participate in the opening ceremony of the High-Level Event of COP 22, November 15, 2016.

Creative Commons

Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Affairs

Cop22 After Trump

| November 21, 2016

"...[E]ven if the impacts of a Trump slump in U.S. domestic climate action are manageable, the impact on global policy may not be. The concern here is not immediate support for new coal plants or the immediate risk of conflict; it is the way in which a weakening of international institutions might initiate a negative feedback loop played out over many years and decades."

In 2011, science advisors to the presidents of China and the United States, Wan Gang and John P. Holdren, hold a photo of the historic 1979 U.S.-China agreement on science and engineering.

USDA

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

Center's Energy Work Wields Impact and Influence Around the World

| Fall/Winter 2016-2017

The Belfer Center began researching energy technology issues in the late 1990s. Its mission was “to determine and promote the adoption of effective strategies for developing and deploying cleaner and more efficient energy technologies that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce dependence on fossil fuels and stress on water resources, and improve economic development.”

In this issue, we look at the history and influence of the Center’s energy innovation efforts in the past two decades by focusing primarily on ETIP’s work in the U.S. and China.