Project Description

The China Project is a research program focused on China’s atmospheric environment, energy system, and economy, collaborating with researchers at Chinese universities and across the schools of Harvard. It conducts interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed studies related to air pollution and greenhouse gases in China, from root causes in the demand for and supply of energy to power its economy, to the chemistry and transport of pollutants in the atmosphere, to their impacts on human health and agriculture.  A fuller introduction to the China Project is here

Most Highly Cited Article

How much wind power could China ideally generate, given meteorology, geography and land uses, turbine technology, and existing deployment policies? An assessment by China Project researchers of the total wind power potential in China was the cover article of ScienceThis research was led by Project Chair Michael McElroy and post-doc LU Xi, taking advantage of NASA global meteorological datasets that have been validated by hundreds of studies of atmospheric transport and chemistry. A good review on the results was in Technology Review. The study was also covered by the China Daily, major international newswires, and other news sources. These can be accessed at the wind power research page, which also provides more information and other papers on related topics.


"China 2035" Lecture Series Features Michael Spence, Robert Zoellick, and Kevin Rudd

June 5, 2014

The Harvard China Project and Harvard University Center for the Environment launched a Harvard-wide public lecture series titled "China 2035: Energy, Climate, and Development." The spring 2014 series included public lectures by Nobel Prize-winning economist Michael Spence (March 11), former World Bank President Robert Zoellick (April 9), and former Australian Prime Minister

The Economist and China Daily cite China Project research

March 14, 2014

The China Daily described China Project research on carbon taxes, carbon trading, and air pollution, and The Economist cited results on the effectiveness of China's SO2 control policies from our new book, Clearer Skies Over China. That those policies might be effective even as wintertime fine particle (PM2.5) episodes have grown more serious may be counterintuitive but is not in fact inconsistent. For a quick explanation, click ...

China Project study of advantages of coupling wind power and electrified space heating in Beijing

February 18, 2014

A study led by China Project researchers CHEN Xinyu, LU Xi, and Project Chair Mike McELROY investigates the prospects for using electrified space heating in Beijing as a form of energy storage, easing grid integration of renewable power and reducing carbon emissions and air pollution. The paper appears in Environmental Science & Technology.

The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Gazette, ClimateProgress, and South China Morning Post discuss China Project research on air pollution and carbon taxes.

December 17, 2013

Articles in the The Wall Street Journal, ClimateProgress, the Harvard Gazette, and the South China Morning Post include comments of Chris Nielsen, Mun Ho, and/or Cao Jing on carbon taxes and China's mixed record on energy and environment, drawing on the new China Project book Clearer Skies Over ChinaNote a mistake in the SCMP op-ed by clicking on ...


New Book from MIT Press

Read China Project research results on the economic costs and environmental benefits of prospective carbon taxes and past sulfur dioxide controls in China. Click here for endorsements, a description of the book, and a link to MIT Press

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