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Research Findings Published in Leading Journals

Since its establishment in 1993, peer-reviewed results of China Project collaborations have been published in journals of the most prestigious multidisciplinary publication groups, including Science, Nature, PNAS, and Cell, as well as in top disciplinary journals. Examples of recent work showcasing our broad topical scope include studies of: gasification of coal and biomass to generate carbon-negative power in China; declines in wind power potentials associated with climate change in both China and India; use of electric vehicles to balance wind power variability; unforeseen causes of severe haze pollution in northern China; economic benefits of coupling a carbon tax with China’s carbon trading system; and dramatic changes in travel behavior and perceptions of environmental health risk over time in the rapidly growing city of Chengdu, based on household surveys in 2005 and 2016. Read more about our publications.

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Harvard-China Project on the Cover of Nature Index

The China Project and our research is featured in the cover article of Nature Index as a prime example of high-quality scientific collaborations between U.S. and China. The article highlights our work on carbon cycle, which is based on measurements made at our atmospheric stations near Beijing as well as U.S. and Chinese forest sites. Watch an accompanying short video.

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China 2030/2050: Energy and Environmental Challenges for the Future

Since 2015, the China Project has been a proud recipient of a major, multi-year grant from the Harvard Global Institute under then-University President Drew Faust and President Lawrence Bacow on the theme of 'China 2030/2050: Energy and Environmental Challenges for the Future.' While primarily supporting a diverse research agenda with Chinese counterparts, including field studies in China, the grant has also made possible a series of high-level public lectures and film screenings, summer programs in China for Harvard College students, and an enhanced bilingual communications effort.