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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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Robert Stavins

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?
Cynthia Lin Lawell

Cynthia Lin Lawell to Join Faculty at Cornell University

May 26, 2017

Former HEEP Pre-Doctoral Fellow C.-Y. Cynthia Lin Lawell will be joining the faculty at the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University on July 1, 2017 as the Rob Dyson Sesquicentennial Chair of Resource Economics.

Professor Lin Lawell received her bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, in Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard College in 2000 and her Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 2006. Her undergraduate thesis was awarded the

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Karl Aspelund, Shauna Theel, and Andreas Westgaard

HEEP Awards Student Prizes for 2016-2017 Academic Year

May 18, 2017

CAMBRIDGE, MA – The Harvard Environmental Economics Program has, for the eighth consecutive year, awarded three prizes to Harvard University students for the best research papers addressing a topic in environmental, energy, or natural-resource economics—one prize each for an undergraduate paper or senior thesis, master’s student paper, and doctoral student paper. Read more about HEEP Awards Student Prizes for 2016-2017 Academic Year