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Managing Climate Change: Lessons from the U.S. Navy

August 1, 2017

[Harvard Business Review ] Forest Reinhardt and Michael Toffel: The United States Navy operates on the front lines of climate change. It manages tens of billions of dollars of assets on every continent and on every ocean. Those assets—ships, submarines, aircraft, naval bases, and the technology that links everything together—take many years to design and build and then have decades of useful life. Read more about Managing Climate Change: Lessons from the U.S. Navy

Environmental Economics – A Personal Perspective

July 31, 2017

[Robert Stavins' blog ] Today, I wish to take a brief hiatus from reflecting on the current status of climate change policy, whether in the often traumatic context of policy pronouncements – or rather, Twitter messages – from U.S. President Trump and his administration, or in the broader, longer-term context of global actions.  Rather, I want to seize on this mid-summer opportunity to think about the past rather than the present. Read more about Environmental Economics – A Personal Perspective

Climate Alliance States Have Significant Leverage

July 18, 2017
[NPR Marketplace ]...For the U.S., that means reducing emissions by 26 percent by 2025, based on 2005 levels. But meeting the Paris targets will likely also mean higher energy costs and tougher regulations.

“Even before the announcement about the Paris Agreement, it was going to be very very difficult,” said Robert Stavins, director of the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements.

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Program Director Robert Stavins is Co-recipient of the Publication of Enduring Quality Award

June 13, 2017

The Publication of Enduring Quality (PEQ) award of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE) recognizes works that are of seminal nature and with enduring value in environmental and resource economics. This year, AERE recognized two influential empirical papers on induced innovation in environmental economics Read more about Program Director Robert Stavins is Co-recipient of the Publication of Enduring Quality Award

Why Trump Pulled the U.S. Out of the Paris Accord

June 5, 2017
[Foreign Affairs ] Robert Stavins: President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement on June 1 was terribly misguided, and his justification for doing so was misleading and untruthful. As he announced in the Rose Garden that day, “The Paris climate accord is simply the latest example of Washington entering into an agreement that disadvantages the United States to the exclusive benefit of other countries, leaving American workers…and taxpayers to absorb Read more about Why Trump Pulled the U.S. Out of the Paris Accord

Is Trump's Climate-Change Agenda Politically Sustainable?

June 1, 2017
[The Atlantic ]...Fossil fuels will remain critical to powering America for years. But the balance in the nation’s energy mix has been steadily tilting toward cleaner fuels and greater efficiency. Now, with investments that extend for decades, these big industries must decide whether Trump’s attempt to reverse the shift toward more sustainable energy is itself politically sustainable. It’s more likely Aldy is correct when he calls Trump’s crusade a temporary “aberration” in the world’s long march toward Read more about Is Trump's Climate-Change Agenda Politically Sustainable?