Researchers hoping to make the next breakthrough in renewable energy now have plenty of new avenues to explore — Harvard researchers this week released a database of more than 2 million molecules that might be useful in the construction of organic solar cells for the production of renewable energy.
The American Physical Society (APS) designated Jefferson Physical Laboratory a historical site in a special ceremony on Monday (April 27).
The Harvard Food Law Society and the Food Literacy Project hosted the “Just Food? Forum on Justice in the Food System” at Harvard Law School (HLS).
Harvard researchers are able to provide a best estimate regarding how much the Earth will warm as a result of doubled CO2 emissions.
A cross-disciplinary team at Harvard has created a system that uses solar energy to split water molecules and hydrogen-eating bacteria to produce liquid fuels.
A new research paper by Harvard geophysicists Brendan Meade and Jack Love-less says that the earth sciences principle of plate tectonics is applicable on a continental scale.
Seven Harvard projects will share $1 million to help battle climate change across a range of academic boundaries.
To halt the rise of global temperatures, Harvard researchers are looking at solar geoengineering, which would inject light-reflecting sulfate aerosols into the stratosphere to cool the planet.
GSD architecture graduate Lauren Friedrich, M.Arch. ’16, looks at how architecture can better support health by providing unexpected physical challenges and minor obstacles rather than always prioritizing ease and comfort.
Harvard study is the first to show that working in high-performing, green-certified buildings can improve employee decision-making using objective cognitive simulations.
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In a Harvard talk, ex-EPA official Robert Perciasepe outlined some narrow openings for bipartisanship on environmental issues.
Grasslands across North America will face higher summer temperatures and widespread drought by the end of the century, a study says, but those negative effects should be offset by an earlier start to the spring growing season and warmer winter.
Harvard's Wyss Institute researchers find that a fully degradable bioplastic isolated from shrimp shells could provide a solution to planet-clogging plastics.
Harvard's Ali Malkawi explains his efforts to create a house will be transformed into an energy-efficient headquarters and lab space for the Graduate School of Design's Center for Green Buildings and Cities.
If emission rates continue unchecked, regions of the United States could experience between three and nine additional days of unhealthy ozone levels each year by 2050, according to a new study from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
A collaboration between the Arnold Arboretum and the U.S. Forest Service has the two organizations, which typically fight tree pests, rearing wood-boring beetles for science.
Q&A with HBS Professor George Serafeim on the response among corporate leaders to the U.S. exit from the Paris climate agreement.
In 1996 the Harvard Center for Cancer Prevention reported that 50 percent of all cancer risk could be eliminated though a modified diet, increased ...
Spurred by increasing levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, forests over the past two decades have become dramatically more efficient in how they use water, a Harvard study has found.
Harvard experts look at different aspects of President Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement.
The ongoing debate over climate change is a political one, not a scientific one, panelists at the Harvard Kennedy School said.
Professor Naomi Oreskes wants scientists to make a stronger case for action on climate change.
The natural level of lead in the air is essentially zero, according to research backed by data from the 14th-century Black Death, when mining and smelting ceased.
As a fellow at Radcliffe, environmental historian Conevery Bolton Valencius is investigating connections between fracking and earthquakes.
“Miles per gallon” (mpg) is the most common measure of a car’s fuel efficiency. The typical U.S. consumer, in shopping for a car, uses mpg as a way of calculating gas consumption and carbon emissions.
Joel Cohen, head of the Laboratory of Populations at Rockefeller and Columbia universities, looked at the latest projections for world population growth, and factors that could alter them, in a Harvard talk.
A Dutch water expert with a federal role in rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy brought his wisdom to Harvard this semester.
Harvard researchers examined the nation’s registry, where oil and gas production companies disclose the chemicals they use in hydraulic fracturing, and found that they do it less than in the past.
Harvard University achieves ambitious climate goal set in 2008.
Four experts gathered at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health for a panel concerning the impact of climate change on agriculture and the global food system, with an emphasis on the United States and Africa, and a nod toward what the incoming Trump administration might do about the issue.
Harvard School of Public Health Associate Professor of Environmental Exposure Biology Chengsheng (Alex) Lu outlines the danger posed to our food supply — and possibly to us — by the collapse of honeybee colonies.
The private sector — from large corporations to small businesses — will undoubtedly be impacted by whatever international agreement emerges from the U.N. Climate Change Conference taking place in Paris, but opinions vary as to how burdensome and costly those impacts will be.
In a surprising finding that runs counter to most climate change research, Harvard scientists examining temperature records have shown that, in regions with the most intense farming, peak summer temperatures have declined over the decades.
Harvard experts gather to discuss climate change in all its complexity, and share some surprising views.
Thirty-eight of the United States’ national parks are experiencing “accidental fertilization” at or above a critical threshold for ecological damage, according to a study led by Harvard University researchers and published in the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.
The Graduate School of Design’s Natalia Gaerlan, a world-class athlete who has earned a master’s in urban planning, studies how green infrastructure can protect coastal cities.
A Nobel Prize-winning chemist has called for additional research into the air pollution blanketing the world’s megacities, saying that solutions found in the developed world’s cities are not likely to apply in other places.
With the world’s sea levels rising and posing a long-term threat to coastal cities, Nigerian architect Kunlé Adeyemi suggests building houses that float, but, taken together, still function as a community.
A screening of the film “Chasing Ice” brought Harvard experts together to discuss innovations in monitoring the glaciers’ retreat and how America can tap its own energy sources.
States will gain large, widespread, and nearly immediate health benefits if the Environmental Protection Agency sets strong standards in the final Clean Power Plan, according to the first independent, peer-reviewed paper of its kind, published May 4 in the journal Nature Climate Change.
A reinvigorated “campus as a living laboratory” initiative includes two new, fully funded projects for that will tackle real-world challenges on campus or in the community, and lead to the practical application of emerging technologies or strategies regarding climate change.
Melting Arctic ice is opening the Northwest Passage, just a symptom of the accelerating warming in the Arctic and around the globe, speakers at a Radcliffe symposium on the oceans said.
The Gazette interviewed Robin Bronen, a human rights attorney and a senior research scientist at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, on climate change displacement.
Harvard researchers found 90 percent of new or proposed hydroelectric power plants will increase the concentration of toxic methylmercury in the food web near indigenous communities in Canada.
A novella co-authored by Professor Naomi Oreskes imagines the long-term consequences of inaction on climate change.
Michael McElroy, Gilbert Butler Professor of Environmental Studies, talks about his new book, “Energy and Climate: Vision for the Future.”
Harvard environmental experts looking ahead to a Trump administration see trouble for President Obama’s Clean Power Plan and U.S. international climate action, but add that the nation’s environmental protection regulatory framework would be difficult to dismantle, and there may be hope for new approaches to addressing environmental ills.
Harvard physicists demonstrate the first quantum entanglement of photons and solid-state materials, in work that marks a key advance toward practical quantum networks that can communicate over long distances.
A tool rarely used to understand the impact of pollution on the natural world is evolution, an oversight that an environmental toxicologist says is robbing investigators of important information.
Ten research projects driven by faculty collaborators across six Harvard Schools will share over $1 million in the second round of grants awarded by the Climate Change Solutions Fund, an initiative launched last year by President Drew Faust to encourage multidisciplinary research around climate change.