NEWS: CURRENT 2013
Authors and HEEP associates Gernot Wagner and Martin Weitzman question a new study from the journal Nature that claims, "By 2047, Coldest Years May Be Warmer Than Hottest in Past, Scientists Say." Wagner and Weitzman warn that there are uncertainties around climate impacts that we cannot currently resolve and that these uncertainties may warrant more, rather than less, action to reduce emissions. Read The New York Times article here.
The journal Nature recently profiled Ottmar Edenhofer, focusing on his leadership role within the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Robert Stavins, Director of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program, has worked closely with Edenhofer in the IPCC over the last four years. Edenhofer and Stavins co-hosted a workshop in Berlin in May 2014 examining options for the ongoing United Nations climate negotiations. Read the article here.
Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), visited the Harvard Kennedy School on September 27, 2013. To read the news articles and listen to audio recordings, click here.
Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will speak at Harvard Kennedy School regarding "The Future of International Climate Policy." The event will take place at the Taubman Building, 5th Floor, Nye ABC. Find more details here.
Professor David Drake of Harvard Business School (see feature on HEEP's home page) co-authored a discussion paper with Stefan Spinler of the WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany titled "Sustainable Operations Management: An enduring stream or a passing fancy?" The authors explore the growing interest in sustainability measures in business and industry.
Erich Muehlegger was cited in the July 2, 2013 edition of The Washington Times, "Changing with the wind: Bad weather found to shift congressional votes on environment."
Harvard Project co-hosts workshop on options for a new international climate regime
The Harvard Project on Climate Agreements and the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) convened 30 leading international researchers and policy-makers on May 23 and 24, 2013 at MCC in Berlin. For more information, click here.
This joint initiative between Duke and Harvard University will advance understanding of the "energy efficiency gap" and the diverse factors that affect the adoption of energy-efficient equipment and practices. It focuses on differences between predicted and observed adoption of these technologies. The initiative's findings will inform future research and policy. Learn more here.
The Harvard Environmental Economics Program has awarded three prizes to Harvard University students for the best research papers addressing a topic in environmental, energy, or resource economics—one prize each for a senior thesis, master's student paper, and doctoral student paper. Each prize was accompanied by a monetary award.
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Robert Stavins was interviewed in the April 17, 2013 edition of Bloomberg, "Harvard Don Tells EU Kill Grants to Save Carbon: Energy Markets."
Professor Robert Stavins, director of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program, recently published the second volume of his collected papers with Edward Elgar Publishing: Economics of Climate Change and Environmental Policy: Selected Papers of Robert N. Stavins, 2000-2011. The 26 essays in the volume cover a wide range of topics, including: environmental policy analysis; economic analysis of environmental policy instruments; economics and technical change; natural resource economics – land and water; and domestic and international climate change policy. The first volume of Professor Stavins' papers was published in 2000 — also by Edward Elgar — covering the period 1988-1999.
The Harvard Environmental Economics Program will award three prizes in May 2013 for the best research papers addressing topics in environmental, energy, and natural-resource economics:
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The Harvard Environmental Economics Program welcomes Professor Gilbert (Gib) Metcalf as an Associate Scholar of the Program. Gib is Professor of Economics at Tufts University and is a leading scholar in the field of energy and environmental economics. During 2011 and 2012, he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment and Energy at the U.S. Department of Treasury. While at the Treasury, among other duties, he was the first U.S. Board member for the Green Climate Fund, a multilateral climate-finance fund established in December 2011 at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations in Durban, South Africa. Gib is the second Associate Scholar of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program. In this role, he joins Professor Michael Greenstone of MIT. Read more about Gib's background here and here.
The Harvard Environmental Economics Program regularly releases discussion papers that cover a range of topics in environmental economics. Two new papers were posted on January 3, 2013, both by HEEP Faculty Fellow Michael Toffel and colleagues. Topics include the impact of governmental mandates on the private sector regarding the adoption of the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard, and how some firms choose to selectively disclose their environmental performance. To view the papers in the collection, click here.
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