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Signals of the Pandemic Seen in Greenhouse Gas Levels at the Harvard-Tsinghua Observatory near Beijing?

May 11, 2020

The below figures show cumulative probability distributions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4), the two leading greenhouse gases, as measured in March of 2019 (red) and 2020 (green) at the Harvard-China Project’s joint observatory with Tsinghua University at Miyun, north of Beijing. Depending on prevailing winds, the site sometimes measures clean background air from the northwest and sometimes polluted air from Beijing and surrounding areas. The lowest parts of the distributions represent background air, which have higher values in...

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HCP Q&A: Faan Chen on Driving and the Built Environment

April 16, 2020

HCP Q&A: Dr. Faan Chen, Postdoctoral Fellow

"Driving and the Built Environment:  Is Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Effective in Shanghai?"

The rapid growth of Chinese cities, including Shanghai, has presented many challenges for local government officials, planning and transit practitioners, and property developers. These challenges include traffic congestion, energy consumption, and emissions of both air pollutants and carbon dioxide (CO2), the leading greenhouse gas contributing...

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China May be on Track to Meet its CO2 Emissions Goals Early

August 13, 2019

Study finds that as cities become wealthier, per capita emissions drop

China, the world’s largest carbon emitter today, may be on track to meet its emission goals up to a decade early, according to a recent study on the cover of Nature Sustainability led by researchers from Nanjing University in Nanjing, China, and Harvard University.

The research focuses the relationship between urban economic growth and CO2 emissions. Fifty cities...

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Solar Energy Could Turn the Belt and Road Initiative Green

June 27, 2019

Researchers quantify the region's renewable energy potential

The region covered by the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has significant potential to be powered by solar energy, researchers report June 27 in the journal Joule. Less than 4 percent of the maximum solar potential of the region could meet the BRI's electricity demand for 2030. The research suggests a possible solution to reduce BRI countries' need for fossil fuels as they develop. This is the first time the renewable energy potential of the region is quantified.

The Chinese...

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Will China Save the Planet? Book talk and discussion with Barbara Finamore

February 20, 2019

The Harvard Law School Library, along with the Harvard-China Project, East Asian Legal Studies, and the HLS Environmental Law Society, recently co-hosted Barbara Finamore, senior attorney and Asia senior strategic director at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), for a book talk and discussion on her latest release,...

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