Environment & Climate Change

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Harvard Kennedy School students chat with Professor Halla Hrund Logadóttir

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Arctic Initiative Hosts Arctic Climate Week at Harvard Kennedy School

In November 2021, the Arctic Initiative hosted Arctic Climate Week, a public showcase of the crucial work being done by Belfer Center faculty and fellows on the rapidly warming Arctic and pathways to a resilient future for the region.

Permafrost forecast and modeling map: change in annual mean ground temperature (1 m depth) from 1930-39 to 2010-19

Center for Geographic Analysis @Harvard University


Arctic Data Stories: Learn Data Visualization and Create Maps for Data-driven Policymaking

Arctic Data Stories will give students with non-technical backgrounds the chance to explore geospatial data and policy, guided by experts from the Arctic Initiative, the Woodwell Climate Research Center, and Esri. The workshop covers topics in data visualization, policy, and ArcGIS software and culminates with student presentations on Arctic-specific policy challenges. Sessions will be held on Fridays from 12–2 p.m. from February 11 to March 11, 2022, on Zoom. We will host a final workshop at the Woodwell Climate Research Center in Falmouth, MA on March 26 and 27. Participants must commit to attending all sessions when applying. Students wishing to participate should fill out the form HERE.

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Analysis & Opinions - ArcticToday

Scientists Using Satellites Just Got a Much Clearer Picture of How Fast Greenland’s Ice Sheet Is Melting

| Nov. 12, 2021

A new study from the University of Leeds mostly confirmed previous estimates with greater precision, but it also found more variability than is currently accounted for in global climate models, writes Cristine Russell.

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

Arctic Initiative Contributes to Arctic Circle Assembly 2021

Arctic residents, students, policymakers, academics, and business leaders convened in Reykjavík, Iceland, for the 2021 Arctic Circle Assembly from Thursday, October 14 to Saturday, October 17. The Arctic Initiative organized two sessions at this year’s Assembly: 1) Arctic Innovation Lab: 10 Ideas for a Better Arctic, and 2) Policy and Action on Plastic in the Arctic: Innovations to Tackle Plastic Pollution with The Wilson Center’s Polar Institute. 

300m long slump

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Analysis & Opinions - Union of Concerned Scientists

IN: Arctic Experts and Scientists — OUT: Unqualified Political Operatives

| Oct. 07, 2021

Joel Clement writes that because the Biden administration  has moved to repair the damage done by the Trump administration, colleagues from around the global Arctic are optimistic once again about partnering with America on solutions to regional crises .

Audio - Background Briefing with Ian Masters

Time Wasted and the Urgent Need to Decarbonize

| Aug. 10, 2021

Ian Masters and Joel Clement assess how much time has been lost by governments in facing the looming crisis of climate change, in particular here in the U.S. where the last four years were not only wasted, but were steps backwards from the urgent challenges made clear by yesterday's alarming IPCC report.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska., speaks during a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing

Pool via AP/Leigh Vogel

Analysis & Opinions - The Hill

Why Biden's Interior Department isn't Shutting Down Oil and Gas

| July 23, 2021

Joel Clement describes the influence of U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Joe Manchin over the Department of the Interior and advises that a forward-looking legislator in a fossil-fuel state would be wise to fight aggressively for financial commitments to make the people in their state part of the vanguard of the new clean energy economy, rather than set back the U.S. economy by fighting the inevitable energy transition itself.