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What Does The Trump Victory Mean For Climate Change Policy?

Robert Stavins | Posted 11.10.2016 | Politics
Robert Stavins

After I've had an opportunity to reflect more calmly and carefully on the implications of the forthcoming Trump presidency for environmental, natural resource, and energy policy, I will return to this topic.

Climate Policy Outside The Comfort Zone

Dennis Tänzler | Posted 11.09.2016 | Impact
Dennis Tänzler

The international climate community faces an even greater challenge: enacting the agreed upon measures to live up to the agreement's aims and to achieve complete global decarbonization over the coming decades.

This Is Not A Time For Political Neutrality

Robert Stavins | Posted 10.14.2016 | Green
Robert Stavins

In my view, that would be a mistake. The fate of the United States and the fate of the world are really in our hands. If you are an independent, please do not sit out this election. It is much too important.

Can California Provide A Good Model Of Progressive Climate Policy?

Robert Stavins | Posted 10.13.2016 | Green
Robert Stavins

California can play a very important role by showing leadership -- in two key ways. One is to demonstrate a commitment to meaningful reductions in GHG emissions. In this regard, California has more than met the bar, with policies that are as aggressive as -- if not more aggressive than -- those of most countries.

Market Mechanisms In The Paris Climate Agreement: International Linkage Under Article 6.2

Robert Stavins | Posted 08.30.2016 | Green
Robert Stavins

There are a substantial number of issues that negotiators will eventually need to address, and likewise, there are a set of questions that researchers (including within the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements) can begin to address now.

The Future Role of Economics in the IPCC

Robert Stavins | Posted 04.19.2016 | Green
Robert Stavins

Growing inefficiencies and other limitations have made the IPCC an increasingly problematic forum for qualified scholars. This has been particularly true with regard to expertise from economics.

Paris Agreement--A Good Foundation for Meaningful Progress

Robert Stavins | Posted 01.02.2016 | Green
Robert Stavins

The Paris Agreement provides an important new foundation for meaningful progress on climate change, and represents a dramatic departure from the past 20 years of international climate negotiations.

COP21: Calling on Leaders to Make Plants Part of the Solution

Dr. Gregory M. Mueller, Ph.D. | Posted 12.02.2016 | Green
Dr. Gregory M. Mueller, Ph.D.

The goal of this agreement is to hold nations accountable for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and to establish a long-term protection plan for our environment. I have studied plants for nearly 40 years, and I am advocating that plants be an essential component of that long-term plan.

Paris Can Be a Key Step

Robert Stavins | Posted 11.21.2016 | Green
Robert Stavins

I've been asked many times what success will look like in Paris. Here's my scorecard and my predictions of five key elements that -- if all were achieved -- would constitute an exceptionally successful 21st Conference of the Parties:

The Papal Encyclical and Climate Change Policy

Robert Stavins | Posted 11.02.2016 | Green
Robert Stavins

The Pope is to be commended for taking global climate change seriously, and for drawing more world attention to the issue. There is much about the encyclical that is commendable, but where it drifts into matters of public policy, I fear that it is -- unfortunately -- not helpful.

A Call for Conservation: Why and How We All Must Take Action to Secure a Sustainable Future

Kayri Havens | Posted 09.23.2016 | Green
Kayri Havens

The ideas and commitments that emerge throughout Climate Week will shape the global dialogue taking place in Paris later this fall, during which there is hope to reach an international agreement on how to more positively inhabit our planet.

A Key Element for the Forthcoming Paris Climate Agreement

Robert Stavins | Posted 09.22.2016 | Green
Robert Stavins

This minimalist approach will allow diverse forms of linkage to arise, among what will inevitably be highly heterogeneous INDCs, thereby advancing the dual objectives of cost effectiveness and environmental integrity in the international climate policy regime.

A Key Moment Is Coming for the IPCC's Future

Robert Stavins | Posted 07.12.2016 | Green
Robert Stavins

Now is an important moment to think carefully about the path ahead for the much-maligned and much-celebrated IPCC, because in early October of this year, the 195 member countries of the IPCC will meet in plenary in Dubrovnik, Croatia, to elect a new Chair.

Crude Oil Prices, Climate Change, and Global Welfare

Robert Stavins | Posted 06.03.2016 | Business
Robert Stavins

With gasoline prices relatively low — and natural gas supplies holding down electricity prices, at least in the United States — there has never been a better time to introduce progressive climate policies in the form of carbon pricing. Unfortunately, none of us should hold our breath waiting for that to happen.

Assessing the Energy-Efficiency Gap

Robert Stavins | Posted 06.02.2016 | Green
Robert Stavins

Global energy consumption is on a path to grow 30-50 percent over the next 25 years, bringing with it, in many countries, increased local air pollution, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and oil consumption, as well as higher energy prices.

When Reasonable Policy Discussions Become Unreasonable Personal Attacks

Robert Stavins | Posted 06.02.2016 | Green
Robert Stavins

It is ironic, offensive, and sad that anyone would suggest that my support of Harvard's divestment position is somehow tied to my outside engagements. That suggestion -- and the recent threats I have received -- defies logic and is contradicted by the record.

What to Expect at COP-20 in Lima

Robert Stavins | Posted 06.01.2016 | Green
Robert Stavins

On Monday, December 1, the Twentieth Conference of the Parties (COP-20) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) commence...

The Final Stage of IPCC AR5 -- Last Week's Outcome in Copenhagen

Robert Stavins | Posted 05.12.2016 | Green
Robert Stavins

First of all, here's the simplest headline statement: Things improved significantly at the Synthesis Report (SYR) government approval sessions in Copenhagen last week, but in saying this, I am only referring to the material for which I've been responsible. Let me explain.

The UN Climate Summit and a Key Issue for the 2015 Paris Agreement

Robert Stavins | Posted 05.04.2016 | Green
Robert Stavins

The following post was originally published on Sept. 27, 2014, on Robert Stavins' personal blog. World leaders converged at the United Nations in New...

EPA's Proposed Greenhouse Gas Regulation: Why Are Conservatives Attacking Its Market-Based Options?

Robert Stavins | Posted 08.10.2014 | Green
Robert Stavins

Today that "scorched-earth" approach may have come back to haunt conservatives. Have they now boxed themselves into a corner, unable to support the power of the marketplace to reduce their own states' compliance costs under the new EPA CO2 regulation? I hope not, but only time will tell.

Understanding the IPCC: An Important Follow-Up

Robert Stavins | Posted 07.04.2014 | Green
Robert Stavins

My serious concerns about the effects of the government approval process on one section of the SPM should be considered in the much larger context of what is an exceptionally valuable scientific resource for those concerned with climate change.

Is the IPCC Government Approval Process Broken?

Robert Stavins | Posted 06.27.2014 | Green
Robert Stavins

Several of the CLAs present with me in Berlin commented that given the nature and outcome of the week, the resulting document should probably be called the 'summary by policymakers,' rather than the 'summary for policymakers.'

Can There Be a Positive Prognosis for Climate Negotiations?

Robert Stavins | Posted 05.30.2014 | Green
Robert Stavins

International negotiations continued under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The two most important countries in terms of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions -- China and the U.S. -- engaged in a war of words.

The EU: Climate Emitter or Committer?

Yvo de Boer | Posted 05.12.2014 | Green
Yvo de Boer

Looking back at the history of climate negotiations, it has been framed as a long suffering process, characterized by a lack of vision and ambition, and politicization of possibilities. All of this has lead to there currently being more carbon into the planet's atmosphere than ever before.

Will Europe Scrap Its Renewables Target? That Would Be Good News for the Economy and for the Environment

Robert Stavins | Posted 03.20.2014 | Green
Robert Stavins

Without the renewables mandate, the cap being planned for the EU ETS will be achieved at lower cost and will foster greater incentives for climate-friendly technological change.