Environment & Climate Change

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wind turbines in distant field

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Press Release - University of California Berkeley

New Study Examines Drivers of Government Investment in Energy Innovation

    Author:
  • Mathew Burciaga
| Sep. 12, 2022

New forms of international cooperation and technology competition with China are the main drivers of public investment in energy innovation, though it remains insufficient to help meet climate goals.

Two men unload produce from a wheelbarrow in front of a ColdHubs cold storage station

ColdHubs

Press Release

‘ColdHubs’ Enterprise Wins Harvard’s Roy Award for Environmental Partnership

| Sep. 12, 2022

The Environment and Natural Resources Program at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs announced today that ColdHubs Limited is the winner of the 2022 Roy Family Award for Environmental Partnership. The company—born out of a partnership between the Smallholders Foundation, the Institute for Air Handling and Refrigeration (ILK Dresden), and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)—uses solar-powered walk-in cold rooms to reduce post-harvest losses for smallholder farmers across rural Nigeria.

Three tall smokestacks emit plumes of steam and emissions

Public Domain/National Park Service

Policy Brief - Harvard Project on Climate Agreements

Comparative State Economic Interventions in the Carbon Capture and Storage Market

    Authors:
  • Dillon W. Smith
  • Umang Bhattarai
  • Wake Smith
| September 2022

The authors explore an essential element in the portfolio of climate solutions required to rapidly achieve net zero emissions — flue gas carbon capture and storage, whereby carbon can be sifted from emission streams before it enters the atmosphere and safely sequestered in geologic storage systems.

Chevrolet Volt hybrid car is seen charging

AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File

Newspaper Article - Harvard Gazette

California Dreaming? Nope.

    Author:
  • Alvin Powell
| Sep. 09, 2022

In an interview with The Harvard Gazette, Henry Lee welcomes California's aggressive move toward electric vehicles, but sees one ‘huge mistake’ policymakers need to avoid and a surefire way to anger drivers.
 

Audio - Harvard Environmental Economics Program

Methane and Climate Change Policy: A Conversation with Daniel Jacob

| Sep. 08, 2022

Daniel Jacob, the Vasco McCoy Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Environmental Engineering at Harvard, shared his perspectives on methane and its sources, transport, and measurements 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.

A recently planted African Mahogany tree grows at the Lufasi Park Lake Nora

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Paper - Harvard Kennedy School

The Evolving Role of Greenhouse Gas Emission Offsets in Combating Climate Change

| August 2022

As governments, firms, and universities advance ambitious greenhouse gas emission goals, the demand for emission offsets — projects that reduce or remove emissions relative to a counterfactual scenario — will increase. Reservations about an offset’s additionality, permanence, double-counting, and leakage pose environmental, economic, and political challenges. The authors review the role of offsets in regulatory compliance, as an incentive for early action, and in implementing voluntary emission goals

Aerial view of Chemetall Foote Lithium Operation

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Analysis & Opinions - The Hill

We’ll Need Hundreds of New Critical Metals Mines to Decarbonize

| Aug. 24, 2022

Surging demand and dizzying price hikes have raised concerns that inadequate metal and mineral supplies may impede the clean energy transition. Given the urgency of reducing fossil fuel use, the science and policy worlds must solve two main challenges: how to ensure the availability and affordability of critical metals in the quantities needed, and how to manage the environmental impacts related to mining and processing them. The latter issue is likely to be much trickier than the former, argue Henry Lee and Xin Sun.

Ship navigates icecaps in the Arctic

Spanish Navy

Report - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

NATO and Climate Change: A Climatized Perspective on Security

| Aug. 18, 2022

NATO aspires to take the lead in understanding and adapting to the impact of climate change on security. The new Strategic Concept declares that climate change is a defining challenge of our time, with a profound impact on Allied security. Now, the Alliance and the Allies must “walk the talk” by preparing to face the emerging climate change-driven challenges and adapting their armed forces to the new climate conditions created by global warming. This paper will begin by answering the most pressing questions about NATO and climate change: Is climate change a security threat? Does climate security fit into NATO’s mission? And is NATO the best forum to
address climate change? It will then review NATO’s current actions on the climate, and finally make some proposals for the Alliance to implement a climatized perspective on security to climate-proof its assets and capacities and effectively accomplish its mission and tasks.