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Climate change causes human deaths, destabilizes ecosystems, accelerates biodiversity loss, and damages economies. In addition, environmental damage from pollution, plastic waste, and deforestation harms human and ecosystem health. If our societies continue on their current paths, food and water scarcity, resource conflicts, displacement of vulnerable populations, spreading of diseases, and extreme weather events are predicted to become substantially worse in the years ahead.

At Harvard Kennedy School, we are committed to help make human activities sustainable—through our operational practices on campus and through our research, teaching, and engagement with the world. The Climate@HKS website captures a wide range of our activities and scholarship. 

Doug Elmendorf
 

Guide to current HKS courses on climate

 

Environmental and sustainability policy experts

 

A range of regular offerings- now virtual

 

Programs, projects & initiatives across HKS

People stand under a glowing globe at the UN Climate Change Conference COP26

Jane Nelson, an authority on sustainable development in the private sector, and David Wood, an expert in responsible investment, weigh in at an HKS Sustainability Leadership Council event.

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Edward Cunningham discusses how decarbonization can serve as an opportunity for both countries to set aside their political tensions and work towards a common policy objective.

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This study provides a whole-systems simulation on how to halve global CO2 emissions by 2050, compared to 2010, with an emphasis on technologies and costs, in order to avoid a dangerous increase in the global mean surface temperature by end the of this century.

Alexandre Strapasson | International Energy Journal

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Durability and inexpensivenesstwo of plastic’s greatest assetshave made it the workhorse material of modern society. But they have also become its greatest curse by creating a global environmental and sustainability crisis.

Nicola De Blasio |The National Interest

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Its oil is no longer vital, but the Kingdom can be a partner for Middle East peace and — no joke — fighting climate change.

Meghan O'Sullivan | Bloomberg

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On 7 November 2020, moments before Kamala Harris and Joe Biden began their victory speeches, giant screens flanking the stage proclaimed, “The people have chosen science.” Yet, nearly 74 million Americans, almost half the voters, had cast their ballots for Donald Trump, thereby presumably not choosing science.

Sheila Jasanoff | Science Magazine

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