Barbara Finamore Book Talk: "Will China Save the Planet?"

On February 20, the Harvard Law School Library, along with the Harvard-China Project, East Asian Legal Studies, and the HLS Environmental Law Society, 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, Will China Save the Planet? (Polity 2018). During the talk, Finamore pointed out the various ways in which China is leading the global transition to clean energy and the development of a global system of green finance, as well as the various obstacles that the country faces.

China and Asia in a Changing Climate: Natural Science for the Non-Scientist

On March 7, the Harvard-China Project co-sponsored a panel on the topic of “China and Asia in a Changing Climate: Natural Science for the Non-Scientist” as part of Harvard University Asia Center’s Asia Beyond the Headlines Seminar Series. Harvard-China Project Faculty Chair, Mike McElroy, moderated the discussion. During the panel, John Holdren of the Harvard Kennedy School spoke about the history of interactions between the U.S. and China on energy and climate issues based on his roles in previous administrations; Peter Huybers of the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS) presented his research on the effects that climate change might have on the world’s ability to sustain current levels of crop productivity in the summer; Elsie Sunderland of SEAS and the Harvard School of Public Health explored the impacts of climate change on seafoods and marine ecosystems worldwide and particularly in Asia; and finally, Steve Wofsy of SEAS and EPS spoke about methods to measure greenhouse gases in China and worldwide.

Former Chairman of State Grid Corporation of China Liu Zhenya on Global Energy Interconnection

On April 17, 2018, Liu Zhenya, former chairman and president of State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), the world’s largest utility company, and currently the chairman of the Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO), gave a public lecture titled "The Art of Energy Revolution: From Ultra High Voltage Power Grids to Global Energy Interconnection" at Harvard Law School, in which he discussed the potential and need for a worldwide smart electric grid, where power production from renewable sources can be shared at lower cost to consumers. The lecture was co-sponsored by the Harvard-China Project on Energy, Economy and Environment; the East Asian Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School; the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering & Applied Sciences; and the Harvard Global Institute.

Comparing Air Pollution and Its Health Effects in Beijing and Mexico City

In this China Project video, we invited several of our experts and partners from across Harvard, Tsinghua, and Mexico to share their insights and research on reducing urban air pollution and environmental health risks in Beijing and Mexico City. The video was produced alongside the public lecture that Nobel Laureate Mario Molina delivered to a capacity crowd on February 8.

Nobel Laureate Mario Molina Public Lecture at Harvard on February 8, 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.

Podcast Interview with Prof. Michael McElroy on his New Book "Energy and Climate: Vision for the Future"

China Project chair Michael McElroy discusses a world without fossil fuels, the economics of changing energy systems, and the impact President-elect Donald Trump may have on the future of energy and climate in this podcast interview.

Nature Index 2016 Featuring Harvard-China Project

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.

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore Public Lecture at Harvard on April 7, 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.

Harvard Climate Change Experts Focus on China

The China Project received the first $3.75 million grant from the new Harvard Global Institute.

Former Australia PM Kevin Rudd Lecture at Harvard on April 30, 2014

“Imagining China’s Future: Politics, the Economy and Climate Change” with Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia on April 30, 2014. Lecture is part of “China 2035: Energy, Climate, and Development” lecture series co-sponsored by Harvard-China Project and Harvard University Center for the Environment.

Former President of World Bank Robert Zoellick Lecture at Harvard on April 9, 2014

"China, Development & the World Economy" with Robert Zoellick, Former President, World Bank; Chairman, International Advisors, Goldman Sachs. A Q&A with Michael McElroy, Gilbert Butler Professor of Environmental Studies and Chair of the Harvard China Project. Lecture is part of “China 2035: Energy, Climate, and Development” lecture series co-sponsored by Harvard-China Project and Harvard University Center for the Environment.

Nobel Laureate in Economics Michael Spence Lecture at Harvard on March 11, 2014

"Challenges to the Sustainability of China's Evolving Growth Model" Michael Spence, former Dean of FAS; Nobel Laureate in Economics; currently Professor of Economics at New York University. Lecture is part of “China 2035: Energy, Climate, and Development” lecture series co-sponsored by Harvard-China Project and Harvard University Center for the Environment.