Beginning in Spring 2017, the China Project is publishing a newsletter at the end of every academic semester, recounting our recent activities and latest research developments, as well as previewing some of our upcoming activities. The newsletters are available in both English and Chinese and in various printed and electronic forms. Click on the links below to download the Spring 2017 edition. Read more about China Project Spring 2017 Newsletter
On February 8, 2017, Nobel Prize-winning chemist Mario Molina gave a public lecture to a capacity crowd in the Science Center, in which he discussed and compared air quality issues in megacities. Focusing on Mexico City and Beijing, he argued that cities can learn from each other and that fundamental scientific research remains essential to creative air quality solutions. The lecture was sponsored by the China Project, and co-sponsored by the Harvard Global Institute, the Harvard Center for the Environment, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health's Department of Environmental Health.
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
Project Chair Prof. Michael MCELROY and several other Harvard faculty weighed in on the implications that a Trump administration poses for climate change in a recent Harvard Gazette article.
Prof. McElroy noted that even if the U.S. cedes leadership in climate impact and clean energy technology, “China most likely will continue to reduce its emissions regardless…because Chinese action is driven in part by rampant air pollution that the nation’s leadership has committed to address. The solutions there
The China Project is featured in the cover article of Nature Index 2016 gauging the success of international research collaborations. Quoting Mike MCELROY and Bill MUNGER, the article highlights Project-supported research on the carbon cycle, based on observations at the China Project atmospheric station near Beijing as well as other sites in U.S. and Chinese forests.
There is also an accompanying short video that includes interviews with senior research fellow Bill MUNGER and students LIU Jialin and Archana DAYALU on-site at the beautiful Harvard Forest.
Project Chair Prof. Michael MCELROY was interviewed by Harvard Gazette about his most recent book, Energy and Climate: Vision for the Future, published in August by Oxford University Press. In the book, McElroy provides a comprehensive introduction to issues of energy systems and climate change, with a specific focus on the U.S. and China.
On April 7, 2016, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore spoke 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. Gore expressed optimism about progress in low-carbon energy developments and the roles played by the U.S. and China in his lecture.
Project Executive Director Chris NIELSEN is quoted in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives regarding satellite-based evidence that annual average PM2.5 concentrations have declined throughout most of China since 2007, contrary to widespread popular perceptions.
Nielsen comments that the new findings from the study, led by colleagues MA Zongwei and LIU Yang of Emory University, are consistent with effects of various factors on air quality, and
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
Project Executive Director Chris NIELSEN is quoted in the New York Times questioning the permanence of any short-term peak of coal use in China, and emphasizing the dependence of China's carbon trajectory on the course of its slowing economy and policy responses.
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. Read more about New York Times Cites China Project Symposium and Investigation