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

February 10, 2017

A Nobel Prize-winning chemist who identified the cause of the atmospheric ozone hole has called for new studies into air pollution in the world’s megacities, arguing that differing local conditions mean the world cannot rely on cookie-cutter solutions created in highly developed cities like Los Angeles and London.

Mario Molina, who in the 1970s identified chlorofluorocarbons, widely used as refrigerants, as a threat to atmospheric ozone, used examples of efforts to curb pollution in Mexico City and Beijing to Read more about Nobelist Mario Molina Public Lecture on Air Quality in Beijing and Mexico City

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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 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 overlap Read more about McElroy on Impact of Trump Administration on Climate Change

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

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

Sponsored by the China Project and the Harvard Global Institute, Gore expressed optimism about progress in low-carbon energy developments and the roles played by the U.S. and China. Gore spoke on April 7 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. Read more about Former VP Al Gore Public Lecture on Climate, the U.S., and China

Ho on BBC Describing Economic Feasibility of Air Pollution Control

Ho on BBC Describing Economic Feasibility of Air Pollution Control

January 29, 2016

China Project economist Mun HO contrasts economic conditions in China's rust belt to that of other regions and the resulting effects on local environmental implementation. For an audio excerpt of the interview on the BBC's "The Inquiry," click here. Ho describes the challenges of unexpected economic slowdown within China and the prolonged global recession. Some local authorities are resistant to environmental controls, fearing layoffs, factory shutdowns, and social Read more about Ho on BBC Describing Economic Feasibility of Air Pollution Control

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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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