Environment & Climate Change

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Solar Power Plant Telangana II in state of Telangana, India

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News - Harvard Project on Climate Agreements

Harvard Project Conducts Research Workshop on Subnational Climate-Change Policy in India

    Author:
  • Robert C. Stowe
| Jan. 21, 2022

The Harvard Project conducted a research and policy workshop in December 2021, “Subnational Climate Change Policy in India.” Co-sponsors were the Centre for Policy Research, in New Delhi, and the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute at Harvard University.

Discussion Paper - Harvard Project on Climate Agreements

Center-State Relations in India: A Political Economy Approach to Climate and Energy Policy

    Authors:
  • Johannes Urpelainen
  • Jai Shekhar
| January 2022

India plays a critical role in global climate and energy policy. Although India is only responsible for 7% of global greenhouse gas emissions today, it has a large population and considerable potential for rapid economic growth. This paper explores how India’s states can best address climate change, the relative roles of state and Union governments, and how relationships between states and New Delhi can constrain or accelerate climate action.

An oil well on public land administered by the Bureau of Public Land Management in Vernal, Utah

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Analysis & Opinions - The Hill

A Climate Hawk's Modest Wish List for 2022

| Jan. 13, 2022

Faced with an accelerating climate crisis, mounting political frustrations, and a congressional stalemate, Joel Clement writes that the White House must take the lead on climate action by curtailing fossil fuel extraction on public lands and providing economic protection to the communities that will be most impacted by the coming energy transition.

Audio - Harvard Environmental Economics Program

The Institutional Dimensions of Climate Policy: A Conversation with Navroz Dubash

| Jan. 07, 2022

Navroz Dubash, professor at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi, made a compelling argument on behalf of the power of international institutions and national politics to guide 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.

Wind Farm

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News - Harvard Project on Climate Agreements

Harvard Project Conducts Research Workshop on China's National Emissions Trading System

    Author:
  • Robert C. Stowe
| Jan. 04, 2022

The Harvard Project conducted a joint research workshop in October 2021, “ETS and the power sector in China and other Asian countries: interactions, design, and operation.” Co-organizers were the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) and the Center for Energy Economics and Strategy Studies, Fudan University.

President Joe Biden stands in front of a backdrop depicting the Earth

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Analysis & Opinions - The Hill

Yes, the Federal Government Is Setting an Example on Climate Action

| Dec. 18, 2021

It's become something of a blood-sport to attack the Biden administration for not aggressively tackling the climate crisis. But a recent executive order calling for the federal government to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 shows that the federal government is still determined to drive the clean energy transition, with or without the Senate's support.

Audio - Harvard Environmental Economics Program

Pragmatic Climate Policy Options: A Conversation with Gib Metcalf

| Dec. 09, 2021

Energy economist Gilbert Metcalf, Professor of Economics at Tufts University, makes the argument for pragmatic climate change policies that will withstand the political divisions in Washington 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.

Photo of a member of security moving to apprehend a demonstrator at the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021.

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Analysis & Opinions - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Takeaways from COP26 in Glasgow

Following the conclusion of the 2021 COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, we asked several of our climate experts for their takeaways from the conference and its impacts on climate change.

News - Harvard Project on Climate Agreements

European Climate Foundation Director General Shares her Perspectives on COP26

    Author:
  • Doug Gavel
| Nov. 30, 2021

Near term action to combat climate change is critical if the world is going to slow the pace of global warming to a significant degree. That was the perspective voiced on Tuesday (November 30) by Laurence Tubiana, Director General of the European Climate Foundation during a Virtual Forum hosted by the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements (HPCA) and moderated by Robert Stavins, HPCA Director and A.J. Meyer Professor of Energy and Economic Development.

Delegates and participants line up at the main entrance to the COP26 Climate Change Conference 2021

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Analysis & Opinions - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

COP26 Takeaways: Statement from Laura Diaz Anadon

| Nov. 18, 2021

What was accomplished? COP26 created pressure for some countries to produce revised  Nationally Determined Contributions, helped catalyze new pledges to reduce emissions (including from India), led to the approval of the rules to govern international cooperation and carbon markets (the Paris Rulebook) addressing the issue of double counting, and served as the Launchpad for some novel initiatives that could play a useful role. Among the announcements that were made, was one that recognizes the importance of strategic investment and government action to lower the cost of technologies to reach carbon neutrality.