Economy and Policy

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Op-Ed in Fortune by Ho and Nielsen on China's Red Alert Pollution Struggles

January 10, 2017

Project Economist Mun HO and Executive Director Chris NIELSEN have an op-ed in Fortune (and in Chinese at Fortune China)on the underappreciated reasons China's red alert air pollution episodes are proving so difficult to control. Factors range from atmospheric chemistry and meteorology to economics and politics.

Former VP Al Gore Public Lecture on Climate, the U.S., and China

Former VP Al Gore Public Lecture on Climate, the U.S., and China

April 8, 2016

Sponsored by the China Project and the Harvard Global Institute, Gore expressed optimism about progress in low-carbon energy developments and the roles played by the U.S. and China. Gore spoke on April 7 to a capacity crowd in Harvard's Sanders Theater, in the inaugural public lecture of the China 2030/2050 initiative of the Harvard China Project funded by the HGI.

Ho on BBC Describing Economic Feasibility of Air Pollution Control

Ho on BBC Describing Economic Feasibility of Air Pollution Control

January 29, 2016

China Project economist Mun HO contrasts economic conditions in China's rust belt to that of other regions and the resulting effects on local environmental implementation. For an audio excerpt of the interview on the BBC's "The Inquiry," click here. Ho describes the challenges of unexpected economic slowdown within China and the prolonged global recession.

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McElroy in the Harvard Gazette on the New U.S.-China Joint Statement on Climate

September 25, 2015

Prof. Mike McElroy, Project Chair, is interviewed in the Harvard Gazette about China’s latest climate commitment, how the latest U.S.-China announcement might affect the UN climate talks in Paris, and whether it might make U.S. officials more open to a national plan to curb carbon emissions. McElroy specifically addresses the Chinese plans to enact national carbon trading and to commit $3.1B in climate-related aid to developing countries.

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New York Times Cites China Project Symposium and Investigation

July 14, 2014

Changing regional climate might be increasing atmospheric stagnation in northern China in winter, contributing to recent severe haze episodes. This is an area of active investigation in the atmospheric science community, both within China and beyond. It was one topic explored at a Harvard China Project symposium, "China 2035: Energy, Climate, and Development," held June 18-19 at the Harvard Center Shanghai with leading Chinese scientists, economists, and policy analysts.

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

June 5, 2014

The China Project and the Harvard University Center for the Environment launched a 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 Kevin RUDD (April 30).