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Commentary: Climate Change Might Be A Threat to Wind Power

February 13, 2018

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To combat climate change, reduce air pollution, and establish greater energy independence, China has been pushing hard for a nation-wide transition to renewable energy, and is now home to the world’s largest market for wind-generated electricity. The installed capacity for wind generation in China accounts for over one third of the global total. Yet a paper recently published in Nature Scientific Reports and covered by the Washington Post found that climate change might be threatening wind power — one of the very strategies that countries are relying on to help them achieve the goal set forth in the Paris Agreement of keeping global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius.... Read more about Commentary: Climate Change Might Be A Threat to Wind Power

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China Project Fall 2017 Newsletter

February 8, 2018

This fall the Harvard-China Project continued its investigations of the “China 2030/2050” theme sponsored by the Harvard Global Institute (HGI). Our community continued its robust research into China's pressing environmental challenges, including the formation of haze pollution; the effects of carbon pricing policies; and the impact of climate change on renewable energy resources.... Read more about China Project Fall 2017 Newsletter

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Washington Post Cites Recent China Project Study of Decreasing Wind Potential in China

December 11, 2017
A Washington Post article that explores the potential of climate change to weaken wind power potentials over time cites the findings from a China Project study led by Project Chair Prof. Michael MCELROY with student Peter SHERMAN and postdoc Xinyu CHEN that was recently published in Nature Scientific Reports.... Read more about Washington Post Cites Recent China Project Study of Decreasing Wind Potential in China
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China Project Summer 2017 Newsletter

October 2, 2017

This summer was active and fruitful for the Harvard-China Project and its investigations of the “China 2030/2050” theme sponsored by the Harvard Global Institute (HGI). Summer provided time for intensive research progress in fields as diverse as haze pollution chemistry; grid integration of renewable power; household consumption, welfare and inequality; valuing environmental health risk over time; the impacts of interprovincial trade on air pollution; the carbon cycle in northern China; and the effects of changing land use and income on travel behavior in Chengdu.... Read more about China Project Summer 2017 Newsletter

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High-Level Meetings with Ministers Xie and Li

August 30, 2017

On August 4, China’s lead official on climate change, Minister XIE Zhenhua, hosted a research and policy consultation with Profs. Mike McELROY, Steve WOFSY, executive director Chris NIELSEN, and Project alumni Dr. ZHANG Hongjun (Holland & Knight, LLP) and Prof. LU Xi (Tsinghua University) at his offices in Beijing. Discussion topics included the state of U.S.-China engagement on climate and the growing role of subnational governments, disparate regional capacities for carbon control within China... Read more about High-Level Meetings with Ministers Xie and Li

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China’s Environmental Challenges: Summer Undergraduate Program in Beijing 2017

August 19, 2017

Funded by generous scholarships from the Harvard Global Institute, a diverse group of thirty Harvard College undergraduate students traveled to China in August 2017 on a trip organized by the Harvard-China Project, the Environmental Science and Public Policy concentration, and Tsinghua University to learn about and experience China’s environmental challenges first-hand. While in China, the Harvard students participated in a two-week intensive summer program, joined by eighty students from China and other countries around the world.... Read more about China’s Environmental Challenges: Summer Undergraduate Program in Beijing 2017

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China Project Spring 2017 Newsletter

May 30, 2017

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

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Nobelist Mario Molina Public Lecture on Air Quality in Beijing and Mexico City

February 10, 2017

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.
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McElroy on Impact of Trump Administration on Climate Change

McElroy on Impact of Trump Administration on Climate Change

November 16, 2016

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...

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China Project Featured on Nature Index 2016 Collaborations

October 30, 2016

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.
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McElroy on New Book "Energy and Climate: Vision for the Future"

McElroy on New Book "Energy and Climate: Vision for the Future"

October 6, 2016

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.

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Lu et al. Wind Power Study on the Cover of Nature Energy

Lu et al. Wind Power Study on the Cover of Nature Energy

June 4, 2016

A China Project study led by Prof. LU Xi (now at Tsinghua U.) and Project Chair Prof. Michael McELROY, comparing the challenges of wind power development in China and the U.S., is the cover article of Nature Energy. The paper decomposes factors contributing to wind power underperformance, including curtailment, differences in turbine quality, and delayed grid connection.... Read more about Lu et al. Wind Power Study on the Cover of Nature Energy

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

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.
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Nielsen in EHP on Encouraging PM2.5 Trends in China

Nielsen in EHP on Encouraging PM2.5 Trends in China

February 29, 2016

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...

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