The Society for Risk Analysis announced on December 8, 2015 that it would present its prestigious Distinguished Achievement Award for 2015 to HEEP Faculty Fellow James Hammitt. The award is granted to “any person for extraordinary achievement in science or public policy relating to risk analysis.” Dr. Hammitt is Professor of Economics and Decision Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
[Jeffrey Frankel's Blog] How should one evaluate the agreement reached in Paris this month at the United Nations climate change conference? No sooner was the deal announced on December 12 than the debate erupted.
Some avid environmentalists were disappointed that the agreement did not commit firmly to limiting global warming to 1.5º Celsius above pre-industrial levels by 2050.
[Harvard Gazette ]...STAVINS: There are signals to the business community and others in two ways. One way is that, for example, people listened to the radio this morning, and if you’re a CEO, then when you get to the office you might be likely to have a conversation about the possibility of carbon prices increasing.
[National Journal ]...“More important at the Paris climate talks are the discussions and debates regarding the scope of participation (now having reached some 180 countries that account for 95 percent of global emissions), the ambition of the individual INDCs, and the transparency with which each country’s performance in achieving its INDC will be monitored, reported, and verified, with the stringency of the INDCs revisited on a regular basis,” said Harvard University economist Robert Stavins.
[The Boston Globe ] Robert Lawrence and Robert Stavins: For many years, negotiators at the annual conferences of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change looked longingly at how the World Trade Organization was able to negotiate effective international agreements. Ironically, the Paris climate talks that are scheduled to conclude on Friday and the WTO negotiations, which will take place next week in Nairobi, lead to the… Read more about What the WTO Can Learn From Paris Climate Talks
[PBS NewsHour ] One hundred and fifty world leaders are in Paris this week for the United Nations Conference on Climate Change. Their goal? To limit global temperatures to no more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
We turn to economists Gernot Wagner of the Environmental Defense Fund and Martin L. Weitzman of Harvard University for how economics might be able to tackle the immense problem that is climate change.
[The Boston Globe ]..."This is a very important time in the history of the negotiations," says Stavins. "More importantly, it’s a very important time in the history of attempts to deal with the problem of global climate change."