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Op-Ed in Fortune by Ho and Nielsen on China's Red Alert Pollution Struggles

January 10, 2017

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 politics. Research referenced Read more about Op-Ed in Fortune by Ho and Nielsen on China's Red Alert Pollution Struggles

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

Michael McElroy, Gilbert Butler Professor of Environmental Studies, has long helped explain the complexities of climate to students, scholars, and government leaders. His most recent book, “Energy and Climate: Vision for the Future,” published in August by Oxford University Press, is a continuation of that work. He discussed the book in a recent interview with the Gazette. Read more about McElroy on New Book "Energy and Climate: Vision for the Future"

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

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McElroy in the Harvard Gazette on the New U.S.-China Joint Statement on Climate

September 25, 2015

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 aid to developing countries. He also discusses his upcoming book and the future research Read more about McElroy in the Harvard Gazette on the New U.S.-China Joint Statement on Climate

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New York Times and VICE News Quote Nielsen on China's CO2 and Air Pollution Control

September 21, 2015

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.

In VICE News Nielsen notes hopeful trends but also risks of difficulties in China's air Read more about New York Times and VICE News Quote Nielsen on China's CO2 and Air Pollution Control

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New York Times Cites China Project Symposium and Investigation

July 14, 2014

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

China Project Study of Advantages of Coupling Wind Power and Electrified Space Heating in Beijing

February 18, 2014

A study led by China Project researchers CHEN Xinyu, LU Xi, and Project Chair Mike McELROY (Gilbert Butler Professor of Environmental Studies) investigates the prospects for using electrified space heating in Beijing as a form of energy storage, easing grid integration of renewable power and reducing carbon emissions and air pollution. The paper appears in Environmental Science & Technology. Read more about China Project Study of Advantages of Coupling Wind Power and Electrified Space Heating in Beijing