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Former European Commission Climate Negotiator Jos Delbeke Shares Firsthand Account of Carbon Pricing Evolution in New Episode of “Environmental Insights”

January 8, 2020

CAMBRIDGE MA. – Jos Delbeke, Professor at the European University Institute in Florence and at the KU Leuven in Belgium, recounted the evolution of carbon pricing and voiced his optimism for further international efforts to combat climate change in the newest episode of Environmental Insights: Discussions on Policy and Practice from the Harvard Environmental Economics Program.” Listen to the interview ...

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Economists find EPA proposal to undermine protections from power-plant mercury emissions is based on incomplete data and faulty analysis

December 19, 2019

LOS ANGELES – Environmental economists from Harvard, Yale, and other leading research institutions say an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposal that would eventually allow more mercury pollution from power plants relies on a cost-benefit analysis that is fatally flawed. In a new report, the economists detail how the EPA’s calculations inappropriately fail to consider how...

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New Essay Examines 50 Years of Environmental Protection Policy Evolution

November 8, 2019

Doug Gavel
As we approach the 50th anniversary of the passage of the U.S. Clean Air Act, one of the most consequential environmental laws ever passed by Congress, today’s polarized politics in Washington seemingly precludes (?) the possibility of any similar bipartisan legislation anytime soon. In a new essay published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives, Harvard Kennedy School Professor...

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Climate Change Economist Stresses Urgency of Action in Harvard Lecture

October 21, 2019

By Doug Gavel
One of the world’s most prominent climate change economists isn’t backing away from his guarded optimism about the future. Lord Nicholas Stern, the I.G. Patel Professor of Economics and Government and Chairman of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and Environment at the London School of Economics, told hundreds who gathered at the Geological Lecture Hall...

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How to solve the ‘double counting’ problem: New paper outlines strategy for COP-25 negotiators

October 11, 2019

By Doug Gavel:
CAMBRIDGE MA – With negotiators from more than 100 countries preparing to gather in Madrid, Spain for the 25th annual international climate conference in December, attention is focusing on how to build consensus for the accurate accounting of emission reductions. So-called “double counting,” which occurs when two or more parties claim credit for the same emission reductions, could undermine the integrity of the historic...

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