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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 science publishing 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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Nature Index Highlights the Harvard-China Project Again 

The Harvard-China Project has again been recognized by Nature Index, an annual supplement to Nature. The article invokes the history of the Project’s research partnerships and exchanges with Chinese institutions, and its continued commitment to collaboration despite bilateral political tensions, with quotes of Project Chair Michael B. McElroyThe Harvard-China Project was previously featured on the cover of Nature Index and in two accompanying articles and a short video, as a prime example of high-quality scientific collaborations between the U.S. and China. Those articles highlighted our work on the carbon cycle, based on measurements made at our atmospheric station near Beijing as well as U.S. and Chinese forest sites, with video interviews of Project collaborators working at beautiful Harvard Forest. 

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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 current 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.