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- The World in Maps, 1400-1600 September 26, 2022
- The climate crisis: A masterclass with academics, journalists and activists | The Guardian Members September 26, 2022
- Who’s really using up the water in the American West? September 26, 2022
- Storm Fiona: Heavy rainfall continues along Canada’s east coast September 26, 2022
- Donating to an ActionAid emergency appeal: where your money goes September 26, 2022
- Julien Brave NoiseCat: ‘Indigenous peoples have survived an apocalypse’ • FRANCE 24 English September 26, 2022
- LIVE: Tracking Hurricane Ian | NBC News September 26, 2022
- Climate – The Boston Globe September 26, 2022
- Houses washed into sea as Storm Fiona batters Canada – BBC News September 25, 2022
- Italy’s right-wing, led by neo-fascist Meloni, wins election, exit polls say • FRANCE 24 English September 25, 2022
- United in Action: Holistic Climate Solutions Summit September 25, 2022
- Read the full Climate Change 2021 report by the UN’s IPCC – The Boston Globe September 25, 2022
- The FRONTLINE Dispatch: How American Democracy Reached a Moment of ‘Existential Crisis’ September 25, 2022
- Reforestation Solution: Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration September 24, 2022
- Tree Announcement – 9/21/22 September 24, 2022
- Groundwater Trust Forum Promo September 24, 2022
- Category 5 Typhoon Noru still intensifying | Ian a hurricane threat | Force Thirteen Live September 24, 2022
- Fiona slams Canada’s Atlantic coast September 24, 2022
- Tracking the tropics September 24, 2022
- Tracking the Tropics: Why Gulf Coast meteorologists are keeping close eye on tropical wave in Atlantic September 24, 2022
- Hurricane Fiona causes mass destruction in Caribbean September 24, 2022
- Vanuatu becomes first country to call for global treaty to phase out fossil fuels at UNGA September 24, 2022
- The 1-2-3s Of Boston’s Rising Sea Level | WBUR News September 24, 2022
- Advancing Environmental Justice and Civil Rights September 24, 2022
- Climate change has reached an unprecedented level, with little time to act, a stark new UN report finds – The Boston Globe September 24, 2022
- Flooding could shut down Logan airport, hospitals, and other critical infrastructure in Mass., and the risk is only growing, report says – The Boston Globe September 24, 2022
- Boston’s sea-level rise will require a ‘Big Dig level’ solution, city lead ers say – The Boston Globe September 24, 2022
- Tracking the Tropics: Tropical Storm Ian gradually strengthening September 24, 2022
- Tropical Storm Ian: See latest forecast cone, spaghetti models, satellite September 24, 2022
- Cheney Accuses GOP Members Of Treating Trump Like A “King” In Speech September 24, 2022
- The Last Thing: Protecting Our Democracy September 24, 2022
- Andrew J. Bacevich | Why the USA is FAILING September 24, 2022
- Watch Tropical Storm Ian develop from space, may delay Artemis 1 launch September 24, 2022
- The Belle Greene–Bernard Berenson Letters Project September 24, 2022
- An Illuminated Life: Belle da Costa Greene’s Journey from Prejudice to Privilege: Heidi Ardizzone Ph.D September 24, 2022
- Lawrence: Trump Could Now Lose Everything Including His Freedom September 23, 2022
- FBI ‘Planted’ Evidence? Trump Has Until Sept. 30th To Back Up Claims September 23, 2022
- How Racism, Climate Change, & Conflict Lead to Displacement September 23, 2022
- Africa Speeches at the 77th United Nations General Assembly 2022 September 23, 2022
- Ascension Island – Wikipedia September 23, 2022
- Flood Protection Investments Offer Strong ROI | World Resources Institute September 23, 2022
- Atlantic Canadians brace for dangerous Hurricane Fiona September 22, 2022
- “Art of the Steal”: Trump Faces Greatest Legal Peril Yet as NY AG Sues Trumps & Docs Probe Resumes September 22, 2022
- The Chris Hedges Report: Soldiers Speak out Against America’s Misguided Wars September 21, 2022
- Holistic Climate Solutions Summit: Day 3 Interfaith and Wellbeing September 21, 2022
- Juan González: Hurricane Fiona Damage Shows Puerto Rico Still Hampered by U.S. Colonial Control September 21, 2022
- COVID, Climate & Conflict Fueling Global Hunger as World Leaders at U.N. Urged to Take Action September 21, 2022
- “The American Dream & Other Fairy Tales”: Disney Heiress Tackles Inequality and Family Legacy September 21, 2022
- Don Lemon RIPPED Over Reparations Debate, CNN Guest Says AFRICANS Should Pay Up September 21, 2022
- Climate change – living on the water | DW Documentary September 21, 2022
Daily Archives: January 19, 2016
Harvard Project on Climate Agreements – Harvard – Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Established in 2007, the goal of the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements is to help identify and advance scientifically sound, economically rational, and politically pragmatic public policy options for addressing global climate change. Drawing upon leading thinkers in Argentina, Australia, China, Europe, India, Japan, and the United States, the Project conducts research on policy architecture, key design elements, and institutional dimensions of international and domestic climate policy.
The Twenty-First Conference of the Parties (COP-21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), held in Paris in December 2015, adopted a major new international agreement to curb the greenhouse-gas emissions that are changing the Earth’s climate. The Agreement also supports adaptation to climate change and advances other key functions of the new international climate regime.
The Paris Agreement represents a significant step of progress in global efforts to address climate change. Nearly all of the 195 national governments that are members of the UNFCCC submitted plans to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions—a level of participation far exceeding that of the Kyoto Protocol, which was the first major international climate-change agreement. In addition, the Paris Agreement provides a clear pathway for member countries to increase the ambition of their mitigation plans over time.
The Paris Agreement will, for many important purposes, become effective in 2020. A great deal of work remains to be done before that time to define how the new regime will operate and how the Agreement will be implemented. The Harvard Project on Climate Agreements is engaging leading scholars and policy practitioners to identify and assess research-based options that will be useful to policy makers, negotiators, and stakeholders as we elaborate and then implement the Paris Agreement.
For More Information: For research results, news of events and presentations, and other information, see the Project’s website: http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/project/56/.
Published on Sep 5, 2013
Robert Stavins, director of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program and its subsidiary Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, focuses his research on diverse areas of environmental economics and policy. Full interview here: http://www.hks.harvard.edu/news-event…
by Doug Gavel, interviewed on August 14, 2013
Attempts at crafting an international protocol to counter the effects of climate change have run into serious obstacles in recent years. Although the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change(UNFCCC) continues its series of Conferences of the Parties (UN-COP) aimed at identifying practical and effective solutions to global warming, little headway has been made in recent years. Robert Stavins, the Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government and director of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program and its subsidiary Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, focuses his research on diverse areas of environmental economics and policy, and has written extensively on the promise of cap-and-trade policies to help reduce carbon emissions.
The oil price slide below $30 a barrel is reverberating through the global economy. Photo credit: Sergio Russo / Flickr
Simon Evans, Carbon Brief | January 18, 2016 1:14 pm
The oil price slide below $30 a barrel is reverberating through the global economy. With sanctions against Iran being lifted, prices face further downwards pressure.
The new lows come after prices spent much of the past year around the $50 mark, as Saudi Arabia’s attempts to win back market share from U.S. shale firms produced limited results.
The oil price slide below $30 a barrel is reverberating through the global economy. Photo credit: Sergio Russo / Flickr
There are recessions in Russia and Brazil. Saudi Arabia is burning through its reserves, its stock markets are in freefall and its population is feeling the squeeze, as it looks for new sources of cash.
Fossil fuel subsidies are being cut, from Saudi Arabia to India and Bahrain. The UAE is looking towards a life beyond oil. Oil majors are facing hard times, too, with BP set to axe 4,000 jobs as the total of shelved oil investments breaches $400bn since the price slump began in late 2014.
For all that, some papers have found reason for optimism.
An editorial in The Times says cheap oil is “bolstering Britain’s recovery.” The Financial Times says cheaper oil “may not be good for the prospects of reducing carbon emissions in the near term, but it is certainly of significant net benefit for the global economy and employment.”
From a global perspective, cheap oil might raise demand as well as putting pressure on oil producers. If oil remains cheap, the incentive to keep burning it could be stronger.
A mere 62 people own the same amount of wealth as the world’s poorest 3.6 billion people, according to an Oxfam report published on Monday. This number has fallen dramatically from 388 as recently as 2010 and 80 last year.
The above chart shows what size transport the billionaires would fit on. Photo credit: Oxfam
The report, An Economy for the 1 Percent, found that the wealth of the poorest half of the world’s population has fallen by a trillion dollars since 2010.
“This 41 percent drop has occurred despite the global population increasing by around 400 million people during that period,” Oxfam said. “Meanwhile the wealth of the richest 62 has increased by more than half a trillion dollars to $1.76 trillion.”
“It is simply unacceptable that the poorest half of the world population owns no more than a small group of the global super-rich—so few, you could fit them all on a single coach,” Mark Goldring, Oxfam Great Britain chief executive, said.
The report comes ahead of the World Economic Forum, an annual gathering of financial and political elites in Davos, Switzerland, which will take place Jan. 20 to Jan. 23.
“World leaders’ concern about the escalating inequality crisis has so far not translated into concrete action to ensure that those at the bottom get their fair share of economic growth,” Goldring said. “In a world where one in nine people go to bed hungry every night we cannot afford to carry on giving the richest an ever bigger slice of the cake.
“It is no longer good enough for the richest to pretend that their wealth benefits the rest of us when the facts show that the recent explosion in the wealth of the super-rich has come at the expense of the poorest.
“Ending extreme poverty requires world leaders to tackle the growing gap between the richest and the rest which has trapped hundreds of millions of people in a life of poverty, hunger and sickness.”
Robert, Laurence, and Renée Belfer (Martha Stewart)
January 19, 2016
Cambridge, MA – Harvard University announced today that Robert and Renée Belfer, along with their son Laurence, are investing an additional $15 million to advance the work of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School in addressing the world’s most critical security issues.
their philanthropic mission to build a more secure, peaceful world, the Belfer family’s gift puts the Belfer Center on the front lines of what CIA Director John Brennan calls the greatest threat to U.S. national security in the decade ahead: cyber threats. In particular, it launches a major new Cyber Security Project, which seeks to help create the conceptual arsenal for strategists to confront this growing challenge.
“The Belfer family’s remarkable generosity ensures that the resources of the entire University can be brought to bear on this vital threat to global security,” said Harvard University President Drew Faust. “For more than 40 years, the Belfer Center has served as an important hub for scholarship and teaching that has global impact. We are honored by the Belfers’ continued support for Harvard and share their determination to secure a more peaceful, prosperous world.”
Today we are pleased to release a new report: “Faith, Morality and the Environment: Portraits of Global Warming Six Americas.”
In recent months, we have witnessed an evolution in public discourse on global warming. Typically discussed in the news media solely as a scientific, environmental or political issue, global warming is now being reframed as a moral and spiritual issue by religious leaders – most notably by Pope Francis. Americans are now hearing – often for the first time – that global warming will have severe impacts on the world’s poor; that it violates divine dictates on the treatment of nature; and that it requires a concerted response from all nations in the name of social justice and God’s will.
To explore Americans’ receptivity to a moral framing, in Spring 2015, before the Pope’s encyclical and visit to the U.S., we assessed the religious and spiritual values and beliefs of Global Warming’s Six Americas, six groups within the American public with very different views on global warming. We found that most Americans at the time did not view global warming as a moral issue. Only the most concerned groups – the Alarmed and Concerned – viewed global warming as a moral issue, and only the Alarmed viewed it as an issue of social justice or poverty. Less than a third of any segment said global warming is a spiritual or religious issue, and 40 percent said that their views on the issue reflected their core moral values only slightly or not at all.
Values and beliefs that are widely held among Americans, however, suggest that a moral framing of global warming could resonate with many people currently unconcerned about the issue. For example, most Americans believe that caring for the poor, the environment and future generations is important, but few understand that reducing global warming will help all three. Most Americans believe that humans should be stewards, rather than rulers of nature, and levels of environmental concern are relatively high.
- See full report: “Faith, Morality and the Environment: Portraits of Global Warming Six Americas.”
We are pleased to announce the release of a special report from our new study: The Francis Effect: How Pope Francis changed the conversation about global warming. Today more Americans and more American Catholics are worried about global warming than six months ago and more believe it will have significant impacts on human beings. Some of these changes in Americans’ and American Catholics’ views can be attributed to the Pope’s teachings, as 17 percent of Americans and 35 percent of Catholics say his position on global warming influenced their own views of the issue.
The report’s results draw from a unique study design of within-subject surveys of a nationally representative sample of American adults conducted in the Spring, prior to the release of the Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si’, and again in the Fall, after the Pope’s visit to the United States.