Michael Davidson on the challenges in reforming China’s energy sector.
Jan 21, 2014 - Channel News Asia interviews Michael Davidson on Business Central
Greenhouse Gas Emissions and America's Climate Change Deniers
Jan 21, 2014 - John Reilly speaks with Warren Olney about the "clear and present danger" of climate change
The Role of Climate Sensitivity in Integrated Assessment Models
Nov 21, 2013 - John Reilly delivers a lecture during the YCEI conference, "Uncertainty in Climate Change: A Conversation with Climate Scientists and Economists".
Pricing Carbon LWV Forum
Nov 19, 2013 - John Reilly presents at the League of Women Voters event on the role of the free market in solving the climate crisis.
Reading the Clouds to Understand Climate Change
Oct 31, 2013 - Prof Cziczo is interviewed about his research on Contemporary Science Issues & Innovations
2013 Carlson Lecture: Sea Ice, Climate, and Observational Mathematics
Oct 10, 2013 - The John Carlson Lecture communicates exciting new results in climate science to the general public.
John Reilly - Modeling Land: Interactions among markets environment, and local land decisions
Sep 20, 2013 - John Reilly presents at the Cornell Institute for the Social Sciences
Winners and Losers: Phytoplankton in a Changing Climate
Sep 9, 2013 - Stephanie Dutkiewicz presents at the MIT Future of the Oceans Symposium
Debating the future of solar geoengineering
Aug 7, 2013 - Geoengineering Lecture Series Event with MIT Joint Program on Global Change and Harvard University Center for the Environment
Siemens World Energy Conference, Road to Daegu
Jul 9, 2013 - Co-Director John Reilly Speaks at Siemen's Energy Panel
Climate Change Policy that Makes Economic Sense
Apr 22, 2013 - In this Faculty Forum Online broadcast, Knittel discussed his studies of consumer and company reactions to energy price fluctuations and the implications of this work for effective environmental policies.
Climate Change. Challenges. Solutions. The Food Security Challenge
Apr 8, 2013 - John Reilly speaks at Northeastern's Open Classroom on Agriculture, Changing Climate, and Sustainable Food Production
The natural gas revolution and U.S. energy policy
Apr 5, 2013 - America Abroad host Madeleine Brand and Henry Jacoby discuss the impact that shale gas -- extracted by the method known as "fracking"-- has had on American energy policy.
Forging a New Direction in Climate Research
Feb 5, 2013 - Kerry Emanuel discussed a new approach to climate science that emphasizes basic understanding over black box simulation.
Massachusetts Confronts Climate Change: Action at the Intersection of Science, Technology, and Policy
Jan 25, 2013 - State officials join MIT faculty for this panel discussing why a strong approach combining mitigation and adaption is so urgently needed, and how Massachusetts is rising to the challenge.
Predicting Climate in a Chaotic World: How Certain Can We Be?
Nov 1, 2012 - The New England Aquarium was pleased to welcome the MIT Lorenz Center’s 2nd Annual John Carlson Lecture to the Simons IMAX Theatre on Thursday, November 1. The speaker was Professor Timothy Palmer of the Royal Society of Research.
Is America Profiting from Climate Change?
Oct 16, 2012 - Part of the MIT Museum's Climate and Conflict Series
Risky Politics
Oct 2, 2012 - Part of the MIT Museum's Climate and Conflict Series
The World's Chemistry In Our Hands: Global Environmental Challenges Past and Future
Sep 13, 2012 - Susan Solomon speaks about environmental achievements and lessons learned to help us confront climate change.
"Building the #Knowosphere: How new ways to share and shape ideas can help build durable progress on a finite planet"
Apr 23, 2012 - Andrew Revkin, Dot Earth Blogger, The New York Times
Cambridge Science Festival - What's Your Question? - Rivers of Ice
Apr 21, 2012 - The Joint Program's Paul Kishimoto spins the Greenhouse Gamble Wheels
The Open Fuels Standard: Solving the Chicken-and-Egg or Just Plain "Foul"?
Apr 18, 2012 - Tom Stricker, Toyota, on alternative fuels
The Secretary of Energy Advisory Board Subcommittee on Shale Gas Production
Dec 13, 2011 - John Deutch Speaking on the Future of the Shale Gas Industry.
Barilla Center on Food and Nutrition 3rd International Forum
Nov 30, 2011 - Speaking about the impact of climate change on agriculture and the food we eat.
The European Union Emissions Trading System: Dead End or Path to the Future?
Oct 10, 2011 - Denny Ellerman Speaking at the University of California, Santa Barbara Bren School of Environmental Science and Management
The European Union's CO2 Cap-and-Trade System in Perspective
Oct 10, 2011 - Speaking at the University of California, Santa Barbara Bren School of Environmental Science and Management
Clean Energy Innovation Reception
Jun 14, 2011 - MIT President Susan Hockfield, Governor Deval Patrick, Governor Jennifer Granholm
Rethinking Climate Change
Apr 21, 2011 - John Reilly, Kerry Emanuel, Ronald Prinn, Chris Knittle, Ernest Moniz, Sarah Slaughter
The Role of International Negotiations in Addressing the Climate
Apr 21, 2011 - Todd Stern, US Special Envoy for Climate Change
Toward a comprehensive Earth-System model
Apr 1, 2011 - Ron Prinn speaking at the NAS Sackler Colloquia
Air Pollution Trends and Impacts: Assessing Transportation in Context of Global Change
Mar 29, 2011 - Noelle Eckley Selin
Report Card on Obama: MIT Experts Assess Obama
Dec 9, 2010 - Barry Posen, Henry D. Jacoby, Simon Johnson
The Future of Energy
Sep 23, 2010 - Nazeer Bhore, Jose Bravo, John Reilly
The Future of Natural Gas- Interim Report Briefing
Jun 25, 2010 - Henry Jacoby, Tony Meggs, Ernest Moniz
Perspectives on Energy and Climate Policy Research
Jun 24, 2010 - Ronald Prinn, William Pounds, Mort Webster, Brian Flannery, Paul Eckbo, Arlie Sterling, Ian Sue Wing, Martin Zimmerman, JohnReilly
The Road from Copenhagen
Feb 5, 2010 - February 5, 2010 - Ernest Moniz, Robert Stavins, Michael Greenstone, Stephen Ansolabehere, Edward Steinfeld, Henry Jacoby, John Sterman
The Great Climategate Debate
Dec 10, 2009 - December 10, 2009 - Kerry Emanuel, Richard Lindzen, Judith Layzer, Stephen Ansolabehere, Ronald Prinn, Henry Jacoby
Symposium on Engineering a Cooler Earth: Can We Do It? Should We Try?
Oct 30, 2009 - October 30, 2009 - Thomas Karl, Tim Lenton, Philip Boyd, Joyce Penner, David Battisti, David Keith, James Fleming, Judy Layzer, Catherine Redgewell, Carl Wunsch, Cornelia Dean, Kerry Emanuel, Dara Entekhabi, Ronald Prinn
Global and Regional Climate Change: Underlying Science and Emerging Riddles
May 2, 2008 - May 2, 2008 - Veerabhadran Ramanathan
How Would Climate Change Influence Society in the 21st Century? (Panel discussion)
Jan 29, 2008 - January 29, 2008 - Rajendra Pachauri, John Reilly, Howard Herzog and others
Symposium on Earth System Revolutions: Key Turning Points in the History of Our Planet
Oct 9, 2007 - October 9, 2007 - Paul Falkowski, Dianne Newman, Daniel Pauly, Ronald Prinn, Daniel Nocera, Roger Angel, Margaret Leinen, Brad Allenby
Uncertainties in Climate Forecasts: Causes, Magnitudes and Policy Implications
Apr 25, 2007 - April 25, 2007 - Stephen Schneider
Climate Change and The Challenge of Meeting Global Energy Demands Sustainability
Oct 18, 2006 - Oct 18, 2006 - Kerry Emanuel, Ernest Moniz
Climate and Energy: Uncertainties in Forecasts and the Problems of Scale
Jun 15, 2006 - June 15, 2006 - Ronald Prinn
Changes in the Land: Environmental Stresses and the Terrestrial Biosphere's Capacity to Store Carbon
May 18, 2006 - May 18, 2006 - Jerry Melillo
Energy for a Rapidly Evolving World
May 3, 2006 - May 3, 2006 - Henry Jacoby, Ronald Prinn, John Heywood, Karen Polenske and others
From Complex Science to Contentious Policy: Lessons from Global Warming
Jun 8, 2002 - Jun 8, 2002 - Ronald Prinn

Testimony to Policymakers

Providing expert testimony to policymakers is a notable event and important mode of communication for the Program. A key aspect of our mission is to provide objective information to the policy-making community that is helpful to their deliberations on global change issues. Responding to requests for testimony enables Program participants to directly communicate insights from their area of expertise and help contribute to improved understanding.

U.S. Congressional Testimony and Correspondence

The True Costs of Alternative Energy Sources: Are We Unfairly Penalizing Natural Gas?
U.S. Joint Economic Committee
April 26, 2012
Michael Greenstone
, Director of The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution and the 3M Professor of Environmental Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, participated in a Joint Economic Committee hearing examining the potential impact on the American Consumer due to loss of refining capacity. Greenstone focused on the true cost of alternative forms of energy, taking into account their social (i.e. health) costs. His testimony was based on his recent report, which was reported by the Washington Post. The testimony is available here.

An Open Letter to Congress from U.S. Scientists on Climate Change and Recently Stolen Emails
Decem
ber 4, 2009
Prof. Ronald Prinn and 24 leading U.S. scientists with substantial expertise on climate change and its impacts on natural ecosystems, our built environment and human well-being, assure policy makers and the public of the integrity of the underlying scientific research and the need for urgent action to reduce heat-trapping emissions. In response to the recent controversy dubbed 'Climategate', the scientists seek to set the record straight: The body of evidence that human activity is the dominant cause of global warming is overwhelming. The content of the stolen emails has no impact whatsoever on our overall understanding that human activity is driving dangerous levels of global warming. The letter is available here.

Allocation Issues in Greenhouse Gas Cap and Trade Systems
U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
October 21, 2009
Prof. Gilbert Metcalf participated in a Hearing on the costs and benefits for energy consumers and energy prices associated with the allocation of greenhouse gas emission allowances. Prof. Metcalf's written testimony is available here. The archived webcast of the hearing and other testimonies presented are available here.

Some Fundamentals of Allowance Allocation
U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
October 21, 2009
Dr. Denny Ellerman participated in a Hearing on the costs and benefits for energy consumers and energy prices associated with the allocation of greenhouse gas emission allowances. Dr. Ellerman's written testimony is available here. The archived webcast of the hearing and other testimonies presented are available here.

The Future of Fossil Fuels: Geological and Terrestrial Sequestration of Carbon Dioxide
U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources
May 1, 2007
Dr. Howard Herzog participated in a Hearing on carbon capture and sequestration and the future of fossil fuels. Dr. Herzog's written testimony is available here. Other transcripts from the hearing are available here.

The European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme
U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
March 26, 2007
Dr. Denny Ellerman participated in a Roundtable Hearing to discuss the progress of the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme and to receive information on lessons learned for policymakers who want to better understand how a market-based trading program could operate efficiently and effectively in the United States. A transcript of the hearing is available here.

Climate Change: A Growing Scientific Impetus for Policy
U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means
February 28, 2007
Prof. Ronald Prinn participated in a Hearing on energy and tax policy, the first in a series that focused on climate change. Prof. Prinn's written testimony is available here. Other transcripts from the hearing are available here.

Interpreting the Stern Review of the Economics of Climate Change
U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
February 13, 2007
Prof. Henry Jacoby participated in a Hearing on the Stern Review of the Economics of Climate Change, examining the economic impacts of climate change and stabilizing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Prof. Jacoby's written testimony is available here. A transcript of the full hearing is available here.

 

Other examples of testimony to policymakers and advice provided upon request include presentations to:

  • official E.U. bodies, such as the Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change to President Barrosso of the European Commission, on emissions trading;
  • non-U.S. governmental bodies, such as the Commission des affaires européennes of the French Assemblée Nationale, on the E.U. ETS;
  • the U.S. Congressional Budget Office, on insights into proposed cap-and-trade systems;
  • the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, on the economic analysis capabilities and methodology applied in the Joint Program's work;
  • the Executive Office of the President of the USA, on scenarios of greenhouse gas emissions and atmospheric concentrations;
  • regional groups, such as those working on the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative of the Northeastern U.S. (RGGI), on the issue of a safety valve; and
  • state-level associations, such as the California Air Resources Board, on emissions trading and air quality issues, and the Florida legislature, on issues of cellulosic biofuels and climate change mitigation.

Program participants also contribute their expertise in various advisory roles, in response to requests for briefings, and through involvement in steering committees, panels, and professional organizations. Outlets for this type of communication include involvement in national and international bodies such as the U.S. National Academies, the International Panel on Climate Change, and the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program; participation in Synthesis and Assessment activities of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program; as well as myriad informal contacts with government and international agencies, sponsor organizations, NGOs, and fellow researchers.

Geoengineering: Science & Governance

 

 

      An MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change and Harvard University Center for the Environment initiative.

About the Seminar Series

Solar geoengineering is the concept of deliberately cooling the Earth by reflecting a small amount of inbound sunlight back into space. It is the only currently known method for reducing temperatures in the short term (years to decades), and therefore has the potential to reduce many of the worst impacts of global warming. But what would be the side effects, both physical and socio-political? How would it work and who gets to decide if it is deployed?  Does humanity have the wisdom and the institutions to govern the development of such a powerful technology in this messy, multi-polar world?
 
This seminar series, held jointly by the Harvard University Center for the Environment (HUCE) and MIT’s Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, will explore the science, technology, governance and ethics of solar geoengineering. In bringing together international experts, participants will learn some of the greatest challenges and hear opinions on how this technology could and should be managed.

Upcoming Events:

April 30th: Lynn Russell, "Eastern Pacific Emitted Aerosol Cloud Experiment: Recent Findings and New Directions" 

To find out about the next event, please visit: http://environment.harvard.edu/geoengineering. Or follow us on Twitter at #HarvMITGeoeng.

 

 

 

 

 

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