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Confronting Dangerous Climate Change
CIERP fellows featured by the Belfer Center.
February 26, 2015
The Coming Coup in China
China's Game of Thrones discussed by Sulmaan Khan.
February 13, 2015
Draft Treaty Aims for Fossil-Free Future with Many Pages, Few Answers
February 6, 2015
Chairing the world's future: Two men with the climate in their hands.
Janurary 27, 2015
Natural gas is a bridge: Fuel connects to clean-energy future
Prof. Kates-Garnick's opinion piece in Common Wealth Magazine.
January 15, 2015
How Will Humanity Handle a Warming Planet
CIERP PhD. student Kartik Singh moderates a Future Tense panel.
Energy and Climate Justice: Two Sides of the Same Story
Kartik Singh publishes in Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment.
January 7, 2015
Assessing the Lima Outcome
"Rishi Bhandary examines the latest round of climate negotiations that took place in Lima, Peru and identifies key issues for the talks ahead of the deadline for a new global agreement on climate chang in Paris in December 2015."
September 28, 2014
What's holding back Electric-car sales?
Review of research on factors affecting consumer adoption of electric vehicles quote Professor Kelly Sims Gallagher's 2008 study.
August 20, 2014
Foreign Affairs reviews The Globalization of Clean Energy Technology by Professor Kelly Sims Gallagher.
“This useful book--a thorough piece of practical research--looks closely at how clean energy technologies such as gas turbines, advanced batteries, solar photovoltaics, and coal gasification emerged and spread to China.”
July 31, 2014
Humankind documentary 'Radioactive' with contributions from Professor Bill Moomaw begins airing on public radio.
Humankind is produced in association with WGBH/Boston by David Freudberg and distributed worldwide by NPR.
July 23, 2014
Thomson Reuters Foundation: Q&A with Rachel Kyte
Rachel Kyte is World Bank Group Vice President and special envoy for climate change. From July 1, all new operations funded by the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank’s fund for the poorest countries, will be screened for short and long term climate and disaster risks. Thomson Reuters Foundation spoke to her and Jane Ebinger about the new policy.
July 18, 2014
Foreign Affairs: Suicide by drought: How China is destroying its own water supply
Professor Sulmaan Khan, Director of the Water and Oceans program, discusses the complex ecological, environmental, economic, social and political factors impacting China's water supply.
June 2, 2014
Research Fellow Rishi Bhandary, commenting for the Sydney Morning Herald on the EPA's limitation of carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, "this announcement is extremely significant in signalling to industry how serious the Obama administration is in wanting to cut emissions and increase investment in cleaner technologies".
May 16, 2014
Kelly Sims Gallagher's researcher exchange proposal to progress clean energy technology collaboration between USA & China quoted in China Daily.
Kartik Singh - PhD Candidate - discusses climate change on interactive news conversation portal IndiaPostLive
April 10, 2014
Kelly Sims Gallagher is cited by Wonkblog
Clean coal might work in China, but here’s why we won’t see much of it here, blogpost by Max Ehrenfreund outlining why cutting edge clean energy technologies that fit China won't be adopted in the US.
March 15, 2014
Professor Moomaw delivers graduation address to March 2014 GMAP class
Text of the address is available to download here.
February 10, 2014
Professor Moomaw opens the Fletcher Forum's 'Global Risk 2014' series
Launched by Dean Stavridis, the Global Risk Forum is a series of conversations addressing five issues at the heart of global security that "cut across a variety of disciplines and will require bold initiative and courageous diplomatic effort to address in the year ahead." The conversation on the breakdown in climate negotiations was seeded by Professor Moomaw's piece "From failure to Success: Reframing the Climate Treaty" and has been responded to by students, academics from Fletcher, Tufts and beyond as well as representatives of the private sector.
February 6, 2014
Kelly Sims Gallagher a panelist at the Brookings Institution
The John L Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution hosted 'China's Clean Energy Challenges'. Moderated by Ken Lieberthal, panelists Charles Ebinger, Kelly Sims Gallagher, Sarah Forbes, and Jane Nakano evaluated China’s changing energy priorities and policies, their implications for U.S.-China energy cooperation and the growing demand and prospects for China’s energy future.
Listen back or read the transcript
Read a follow-up blog post
January 28, 2014
CIERP Professor of Practice Rachel Kyte is interviewed by the Financial Times Article on her new mission as special envoy for climate change at the World Bank
November 15, 2013
Professor Moomaw comments on the importance of access to sanitation
In a CNBC article highlighting the many people across the world who still lack access to basic sanitation services, Professor Moomaw comments on the many health risks and the urgency of action. "Think of living in a giant cesspool and then you get some idea of the problem. It's a life and death issue for those who don't have access to good sanitation. The spread of disease like cholera and typhus from lack of proper sanitation is just horrific." The article comes ahead of World Toilet Day, observed November 19. According to the article, World Toilet Day was officially designated by the United Nations this year "in an effort to make sanitation a global development priority."
Read the full article here.
October 31, 2013
Professor Patrick Verkooijen comments on the economics of climate action during UN Ambassadors event in New York
A recent “Friends on Climate Change” meeting, hosted by Dr. Mark Lyall Grant, UK Ambassador to the United Nations, on October 31 in New York provided a platform for Dr. Patrick Verkooijen, CIERP Non-Resident Professor of Practice of Sustainable Development Diplomacy and Special Representative for Climate Change of the World Bank, to underscore that climate change in our lifetime threatens to roll back development gains we have made so far. He emphasized that every region will be affected, and those least able to adapt – the poor and most vulnerable – will be hit hardest. Even with a 2 degree warmer world we will see widespread food and water shortages, more extreme weather, higher sea levels, and increased coastal flooding. In Sub-Saharan Africa by the 2030s droughts will leave 40 percent of the land now growing maize unable to grow that crop. Last month's IPCC report concluded with 95 percent certainty that humans have been causing global warming over the last 6 decades.
October 12, 2013
China drives its way to no. 1 oil importer, overtaking US: Professor Gallagher comments
In an article in the Christian Science Monitor, Staff Writer David J. Unger reports that "China has topped the US as the biggest importer of oil in the world, according to government data released this week. It's more evidence of China's economic growth and America's shale drilling boom and increased efficiency, which has reduced its reliance on foreign oil." However, CIERP Director Kelly Sims Gallagher points out that despite this trend, "dramatic increases in public transportation, fuel-economy standards, or gas prices could derail China's demand for oil."
Read the full article here.
October 7, 2013
Manufacturing and Energy: Advantage USA?
"Could the United States become a low-cost manufacturing destination? The energy revolution in the U.S. is helping make that pipe dream a pipeline possibility." In an IndustryWeek article exploring this topic, CIERP Director Kelly Sims Gallagher comments on the impact of natural gas: "For manufacturers, the relatively cheap price of natural gas is a huge domestic competitive advantage. Our competitors in Asia are facing triple or quadruple prices for gas, which they are largely importing."
Access the full article here.
September 30, 2013
EPA regulations give Obama standing to influence global climate action, says Professor Gallagher
In her new commentary on GlobalPost, CIERP Director Kelly Sims Gallagher asserts that President Obama's EPA regulations create a moral argument for action by other countries on international climate policy. "Many countries have long been ready to act on climate change, but struggled to justify climate policies to their own people when the United States, the largest pollution emitter in the world, was not seriously pursuing emissions reductions," says Gallagher. She also encourages the President to pursue bilateral agreements. "Multilateral treaties are unlikely in the short term because the Senate is not likely to ratify climate-change treaties, but the president still has full authority to pursue international agreements with foreign nations. He should start with China."
Read the full article...
August 20, 2013
Professor Moomaw comments on leaked UN Climate Report
In a live interview with WBUR's Here and Now radio program, CIERP Professor William Moomaw helped to shed light on the IPCC climate report draft recently leaked ahead of its planned September release date. According to the New York Times, the report states "with near certainty that human activity is the cause of most of the temperature increases of recent decades, and warns that sea levels could conceivably rise by more than three feet by the end of the century if emissions continue at a runaway pace." When asked what repercussions a three foot sea level rise would have across the globe, Professor Moomaw explained that "Miami, New Orleans, New York, Boston, to say nothing of major coastal Chinese cities (would be affected) – in fact, among the top 10 cities to be damaged, India and China suffer the most and the U.S. probably second most in the world in terms of the numbers of cities that would be adversely affected."
Listen to or read the complete transcript of the interview here.
July 10, 2013
Fletcher Net Impact receives Gold chapter standing
Net Impact has announced the 2012-2013 Gold and Silver standings for Net Impact chapters, awarding The Fletcher School’s Net Impact chapter the prestigious Gold standing. These standings, based on the chapter’s performance this past academic year, represent the most outstanding chapters in the Net Impact network. This year, just 24% of over 300 Net Impact chapters worldwide achieved Gold standing.
"We were thrilled to learn of the achievement of Gold Chapter status. This is a great affirmation of highly engaged members, a dedicated student Executive Board, and supportive faculty and staff. Fletcher Net Impact believes in using the power of business to make a more socially and environmentally sustainable world, and this distinction as a Gold Chapter definitely confirms that commitment."
- Michael Reading, 2012-2013 Fletcher Net Impact Co-President
Jane Church and Laura Stankiewicz will co-lead the Fletcher Net Impact club in 2013-14.
Read the complete press release here.
June 12, 2013
Ambitious emissions cap from China would send strong political signal to the world, says Prof. Gallagher
CIERP Professor Kelly Sims Gallagher, director of the Center's Energy, Climate, and Innovation Program, was quoted in an article by Nature this week examining climate policy in China in the lead up to the country's first emissions trading scheme set to launch in Shenzhen on June 18. Six more cities will pilot similar mechanisms this year, with a national market scheduled to launch in 2016. Nevertheless, China has yet to establish an absolute emissions cap, focusing instead on setting targets aimed at reducing carbon intensity (emissions per unit GDP). Professor Gallagher feels that an ambitious emissions cap "would send a strong political signal to the world," potentially even bolstering climate legislation efforts in the United States, where there has been continued political resistance. She also notes, however, the challenges of monitoring and enforcement, particularly in China. "Verifying emissions, for instance, will be difficult in such a large country." Other scholars note an "institutional void" in terms of whose responsibility this will be.
Read the complete article here.
June 10, 2013
Professor Gallagher presents to UN General Assembly on clean energy technology diffusion
Following on the heels of a report on the subject recently submitted by the UN Secretary General, the UN General Assembly has convened four workshops exploring opportunities to enhance development, transfer, and diffusion of clean and environmentally sound technologies. CIERP Professor Kelly Sims Gallagher, director of the Center's Energy, Climate, and Innovation Program, delivered the keynote address at the 3rd such workshop on May 30, which focused on capacity building to enhance the development, adoption, and use of clean and environmentally sound technologies in developing countries. Her presentation was on "The Global Diffusion of Clean Energy Technologies: Lessons from China," which is also the subject of her new book, forthcoming from The Mit Press.
Access her presentation slides here and more on the workshop proceedings here.
June 5, 2013
Alum awarded Blakemore Freeman Fellowship
Luke Schoen F'10 has been selected for a Blakemore Freeman Fellowship to pursue advanced Chinese language study at the Tsinghua-Berkeley Inter-University Program. Previously, Luke was an Associate at the World Resources Institute’s Climate and Energy Program and the manager of the ChinaFAQs project, where he worked to facilitate a network of internationally renowned experts in answering critical questions about Chinese policy and action on energy and climate change, and about the implications for the United States. Luke's Master's thesis at Fletcher compared the status of smart grid development and deployment in the U.S. and China and explored opportunities for international collaboration. Congratulations, Luke!
Read more about the Blakemore Freeman Fellowship here.
May 29, 2013
New policy brief offers alternative vision for leadership in the
As a set of countries with development as their overriding priority and yet highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are in a unique position to help broker a climate agreement that is informed by science and meets basic needs. This new policy brief by CIERP Junior Research Fellow and Fletcher PhD candidate Rishikesh Ram Bhandary, titled Following the LDCs: How Leadership in the Climate Regime Could Look, puts forward three ideas that could make such an agreement possible: focusing on clean energy services, tying mitigation commitments with development outcomes, and innovating by building coalitions of state and non-state actors to incorporate the momentum and learning happening outside of the immediate treaty process.
Download the brief here.
Read ClimateWire's coverage of the brief.
May 14, 2013
CIERP Postdoc speaks on public acceptance of wind energy in Massachusetts, featured on public access television
CIERP Postdoctoral Scholar Maria Petrova recently presented for Contemporary Science Issues and Innovations, a public access program produced by Science for the Public, a nonprofit organization in Belmont, Massachusetts, in collaboration with the Belmont Media Center. In her presentation, she considers the numerous factors that shape public attitudes toward wind energy, including economic, aesthetic and environmental concerns. Public support for renewable energies is an important consideration for policy-makers at the state and local level. Wind energy, which is particularly suitable to some areas of Massachusetts, has been broadly accepted where it has been deployed so far. However, communities differ considerably in their perceptions. Maria's presentation helps explain the differences of perception and experience in the Massachusetts communities of Falmouth, Hull and Kingston and how such views impact policy.
Watch the program here.
April 2, 2013
Prof. Moomaw and 28 other scientists submit advisory on Keystone XL Pipeline Supplementary EIS
CIERP Director William Moomaw, along with 28 other climate scientists, ecologists and health scientists submitted comments to the US Department of State regarding the supplementary environmental impact statement on the Keystone XL Pipeline proposal. The introduction is excerpted below:
"We have reviewed the draft Supplemental EIS, and find its assertions to be without merit in many critical areas. Also, it is disingenuous to claim that the revised proposal shortens the pipeline by 509 miles, since the southern portion is being built as a separate project, and the impacts of that portion are not included in this EIS. The full project still extends from more than 300 miles within Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. Furthermore, it is clearly designed to pick up additional heavy crude from the Bakken Marketlink projects in Montana and North Dakota, and these impacts are not adequately accounted for.
While we question many aspects of the EIS, we are particularly concerned with four issues related to the proposed pipeline: the claim that additional oil is needed in the United States from tar sand production in Canada, contribution to climate change, destructive ecological impacts and adverse human health consequences."
Read the complete scientific advisory statement here.
March 7, 2013
Professor Moomaw on declining sea ice in the Arctic... and the resulting resource chase
CIERP Director William Moomaw was quoted in an article by Mike Eckel of the Christian Science Monitor about China's push for an Arctic foothold:
“The lure of riches in the Arctic draws ever more companies and nations... And so far it’s been relatively amicable jousting and jostling there.”
Professor Moomaw spoke on the topic of Arctic Anxiety at the Tufts Energy Conference on March 2-3, and CIERP is co-hosting with Fletcher's Edward R. Murrow Center for Public Diplomacy and the Consulate General of Canada a conference titled Deadly Dance: Arctic Warming and Global Climate Change, taking place on March 25-26.
Read the full article here.
January 28, 2013
Can the international treaty system address climate change?
While individual weather events may not be attributable to global warming, the prevailing climate does define weather patterns. Today’s climate is measurably warmer than that of fifty or one hundred years ago, causing a variety of changes that are consistent with the projected results of climate change and provide us with a preview of what might happen if global temperatures continue to rise. In his new article in the Fletcher Forum of World Affairs' Winter 2013 issue, CIERP Director William Moomaw argues that a reconfigured international approach is essential to achieving a global solution to climate change, but that it must be led by actions of both the G2: the United States and China.
Read the article here.
Access the complete Winter 2013 issue of the Fletcher Forum here.
January 23, 2013
Professor Moomaw addresses the climate change governance challenge
WBUR's online opinion and ideas page, Cognoscenti, has featured CIERP Director William Moomaw in its series on "Climate Change. Challenges. Solutions." Professor Moomaw underscores "The Governance Challenge," lamenting the common misconception that reducing greenhouse gas emissions negatively impacts economic growth and advocating for an alternative strategy that re-frames the overall approach to addressing climate change so that it reflects the development needs of all countries and links climate protection goals to the development structure of the treaty. He argues that the current deadlock over emissions reductions could be overcome by directing international cooperation towards providing clean energy services for development. The feature also includes perspectives from Sonia Hamel, an adviser to governments and foundations on energy, transportation, and climate change policy.
Access the WBUR feature here.
Read Professor Moomaw's related discussion paper here: "Creating a Mutual Gains Climate Regime through Universal Clean Energy Services."
October 23, 2012
Ned Spang wins Global Water Forum's Emerging Scholar Award for his Fletcher doctoral research
Recent Fletcher Ph.D. graduate and former CIERP Research Fellow Edward Spang won first prize in the Global Water Forum's Emerging Scholar Award competition for a summary of his Fletcher dissertation, "A thirst for power: A global analysis of water consumption for energy production." Ned is currently Program Manager for the Center for Water-Energy Efficiency (CWEE) at UC Davis.
Access his paper here.
September 11, 2012
Professor Moomaw talks about resettlement in China on China Radio International
China Radio International's daily radio show "Today," broadcast in hour-long segments, interviewed CIERP Director William Moomaw, along with Yao Yongling, Professor at the Institute of Regional and Urban Economics in the School of Public Administration at Renmin University of China, and Mike Bastin, Researcher at Nottingham University's School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, on the impacts of forced resettlement in China. As framed by CRI:
"China has resettled 1.7 million people for the construction of the Three Gorges Dam, a huge human project probably unprecedented in history. But that's not the end of the story. The threat of landslides along the dam's banks will force tens of thousands to move again in the same area! Resettlement of residents out of the disaster-prone areas has almost become a standard practice for Chinese governments. Following the July 21 downpour in Beijing, the city government also plans to move 74,000 residents in mountainous areas in rural Beijing."
Listen to the program here.
September 10, 2012
Maliheh Birjandi Feriz honored by WRI for summer research
In a competition among all summer interns at the World Resources Institute, Maliheh Birjandi Feriz, a Fletcher MALD candidate and CIERP research assistant, was awarded the Prize for Best Research Content for her work on allocation mechanisms of the Green Climate Fund (GCF). Working with the International Financial Flows and Environment (IFEE) team, she studied various options for resource allocation used in existing multilateral, bilateral, and national funds, and researched possible guiding principles for an equitable allocation of resources in the context of the Green Climate Fund. Her research will be published in the coming months.
For more information on her work, contact email@example.com.
July 29, 2012
Professor Moomaw speaks about reframing environmental negotiations on Maria Armoudian's "Insighters and Scholars' Circle" radio program
CIERP Director William Moomaw participated in a virtual roundtable discussion on climate change and how low carbon technologies might address it. The program was broadcast live on several stations in California and the Midwest (the archived version is linked below). Other participants included Professor Mark Jacobson of Stanford University, whose expertise is on the technical aspects of meeting energy needs with renewables, and Ravi Rajan, who spoke about the adverse implications of climate change on developing countries and how they too could benefit from renewable energy. Professor Moomaw spoke about the shortfalls of current treaty negotiations, emphasizing that what we really need is a development agreement that will deliver clean energy services to all rather than a pollution control treaty to limit emissions. He also outlined the notion of how it will be multiple actors at different scales implementing strategies that will solve the problem, and not a top down treaty.
Listen to the program here.
Read Professor Moomaw's recent paper on the topic: "Creating a Mutual Gains Climate Regime through Universal Clean Energy Services."