Five winners have been named as recipients of this year’s Star Family Challenge for Promising Scientific Research awards. Now in its second year, the challenge is designed to acknowledge and support some of the most innovative research being done by Harvard faculty in the natural and social sciences.
According to the University’s Sustainability Report, released online today, various conservation measures and behavior changes have already contributed to 60 percent of Harvard’s progress in meeting its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2016.
Experts on energy, the environment, and climate change gathered at Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre Monday to discuss how governments and universities can help meet the challenge.
Unilever CEO Paul Polman outlined the multinational corporation’s commitment to environmental sustainability during a talk at Harvard Business School’s Spangler Center on April 10 as part of Climate Week events at Harvard.
Physicist Amory Lovins outlined a path to a clean-energy future in the United States during a talk at the Kennedy School.
The Harvard University Center for the Environment is sponsoring Climate Week, featuring breakfasts with scientists working on the problems along with a variety of climate-centered activities, from talks by prominent scientists to poetry readings to informal gatherings.
Harvard will convene a panel at Sanders Theatre on April 13 to discuss the wide-ranging concerns surrounding climate change.
Harvard President Drew Faust tells an audience at Tsinghua University in Beijing that universities have a unique and critical role to play in combatting climate change.
The Gazette asked Henry Lee, an authority on electric cars and the Jassim M. Jaidah Family Director of the Environment and Natural Resources Program at the Belfer Center, about the opportunity for the Postal Service to improve its environmental footprint — and perhaps spark broader automotive changes — through a more fuel-efficient replacement for the current model, which gets roughly 9 miles per gallon.
Chilean preservationists have turned to a Harvard scientist with a record of solving mysteries around threatened cultural artifacts.
Harvard Professor David Keith says that two new reports by the National Academy of Sciences are likely to boost a deeper look at possible geoengineering options for climate engineering.
A Harvard-led study reveals that an aging natural-gas distribution system short-changes Boston-area customers and contributes to greenhouse-gas buildup. Depending on the season, natural gas leaking from the local distribution system accounts for 60 percent to 100 percent of the region’s emissions of methane.
A new study shows that sea levels have increased over the last two decades at a greater rate than previously understood.
Bill Lee reflects on his first six months as senior fellow of the Harvard Corporation, and on challenges and opportunities facing the University in the months and years to come.
Naomi Klein, author and syndicated columnist, says she hopes that once people understand the enormity of climate change, it will spark conversation on how they can chart a path to deal with it.
Peter Girguis, professor of organismic and evolutionary biology, hosted nearly two dozen Cambridge Rindge & Latin School students on Harvard’s campus for a discussion about the various career paths available in marine science.
A Harvard Divinity School conference focused on climate change reduction efforts as moral choices.
Investment experts at Harvard Business School explored alternatives for investors interested in climate change, from divestment to engagement, as ways to change corporate behavior.
Professors Jody Freeman and Richard Lazarus came together to discuss the legal future of the nation’s most ambitious action on climate change to date.
A new study of heat waves found a strong correlation between excess deaths and poverty, poor housing quality, hypertension, and impervious land cover.
Harvard’s Robert Stavins discusses the importance of flexible rules that allow national carbon markets, if established under a future climate agreement, to link, which would increase efficiency and cut costs of reducing carbon emissions.
A novella co-authored by Professor Naomi Oreskes imagines the long-term consequences of inaction on climate change.
A study by Harvard researchers and colleagues tested ways to encourage decisions mindful of future generations.
Forest growth is starting to show the effects of climate change, new research finds.
The Obama administration has announced one of the most ambitious plans to fight climate change taken by the U.S. government. The proposed Environmental ...
The Environmental Protection Agency’s release of draft regulations that would reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030 will have a significant impact on human health, Harvard analysts say.
The Harvard Campaign, milestones in the arts, and scientific breakthroughs marked 2013-14 at Harvard.
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.
Beginning this fall, Harvard undergraduates will be able to select a secondary field of study in energy and environment, which will allow students in an array of concentrations to gain exposure to issues such as climate change.
Climate specialists came together at the Geological Lecture Hall to consider a dangerous milestone in carbon dioxide levels.
Despite this year’s long winter and slow-warming spring, Harvard experts say that climate change hasn’t gone on hiatus. Long-term evidence indicates that spring in Boston has begun coming weeks earlier over the last century. The Gazette spoke with Elizabeth Wolkovich, a recently appointed assistant professor of organismic and evolutionary biology, about spring’s arrival, climate change, and nature’s life cycles.
Since it was founded in 2006 by Professor Jody Freeman, Harvard Law School’s Environmental Law and Policy Program has become the leader in its field, with renowned faculty, innovative courses, a lauded clinical program that gives students hands-on training in real cases. The program’s new Policy Initiative provides nonpartisan legal analysis and policy advice to federal and state agencies.
A new course on how oceans are “urbanizing” underscores a decade-long Harvard theme: that cities have to cope with the multiple challenges of water — of there being too much or too little.
After analyzing tree rings — and 400 years of history — researchers from Harvard Forest have indicated ways in which seemingly stable forests could abruptly change over the next century in the wake of climate change and drought.
In addition to conducting research and teaching about climate, energy, and the environment, Harvard faculty members also serve as expert advisers to policymakers, putting their science to work to improve laws and regulations and to foster understanding between the worlds of government and academics.
Director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication Anthony Leiserowitz spoke at a Harvard Kennedy School seminar called “Climate Change in the American Mind.”
Nobel laureate Michael Spence offered some growth projections for China in a talk at the Science Center.
Reflecting a commitment to confronting the challenge of climate change at the local level, the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University has launched a ...
The ongoing debate over climate change is a political one, not a scientific one, panelists at the Harvard Kennedy School said.
A group of students from Harvard and Brazil toured the Deer Island sewage-treatment plant as part of a two-week program to investigate how cities adapt to seas rising due to climate change.
At the 3,700-acre Harvard Forest, three wood-fired boilers are providing scientists with a new tool to expand their understanding of climate change, while generating sustainable energy as well.
Throughout its 140-year history, the Arnold Arboretum has advanced our understanding of biodiversity through the work of some of the most significant ...
From the violence of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot to Earth’s own extreme weather, Ziff Environmental Fellow Pedram Hassanzadeh is investigating atmospheric vortices, those swirling air masses that make the weather go — and sometimes make it stop.
A new book by the Harvard China Project examines air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in the world’s largest nation, and uses both science and economics to propose possible solutions.
Harvard Forest researchers, together with state officials and representatives of conservation groups, are proposing a Massachusetts forest plan that increases both conservation and logging, while carefully focusing development to conserve as many large tracts as possible.
Emissions of methane from fossil fuel extraction and refining activities in the United States are nearly five times higher than previous estimates, according to researchers at Harvard University and seven other institutions.
Representatives from some 195 nations have converged on Warsaw this week for a two-week meeting focused on climate change expected to lay the groundwork for the next international climate agreement. The Gazette spoke with climate policy expert Robert Stavins of the Kennedy School to understand what’s expected from the session.
Scholars on opposite sides of geoengineering debated the climate change strategy's potential — pitfalls and benefits — this week at the Science Center.
Clean economic growth is not just a pipe dream — it happened in Ireland between 1990 and 2010, when emissions dropped 10 percent even as the country’s economy grew 265 percent, the leader of that country’s Green Party said in a Harvard talk.
Can science and art join forces to conserve one of the world’s richest natural areas? UMass Boston biology professor Kamal Bawa and photographer Sandesh Kadur, a National Geographic emerging explorer, have joined forces to create a richly illustrated, scientifically accurate account of biodiversity in the Himalayas.