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Science

HMS Professor Presents Highly-Anticipated Climate Change Report at Webinar

The panelists worked through the contents of the report, which cautioned that climate change is having a severe and inequitable impact on human health around the world.

Campus Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Green

Harvard Greenhouse Gas Emissions Flatlined for Fifth Straight Year in 2020

Nearly every aspect of Harvard’s operations changed in 2020, with much of the campus left empty due to Covid-19. But the University’s campus greenhouse gas emissions remained stagnant for a fifth straight year last year, according to preliminary data released Friday as part of the University’s 2020 sustainability report.

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School of Public Health

School of Public Health Panel Discusses Air Pollution, Climate Change

Public health professionals joined leaders from academia, government, and the private sector to discuss the biggest threats to climate and global health at a Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health forum on Wednesday.

Chan School of Public Health
Research

Harvard Researchers Declare ‘Structural Change’ Needed to Address Planetary Health Crisis

Harvard researchers outlined lifestyle changes that would need to occur on a societal level to optimize the health and well-being of the general population and the planet in a declaration in The Lancet on Tuesday.

Lawrence S. Bacow
City Politics

Bacow Defends Harvard’s Engagement in Allston as Residents, Officials Criticize Development Plans

University President Lawrence S. Bacow on Tuesday defended Harvard’s engagement with residents and officials in Allston, where the school has received forceful pushback from elected leaders and civic organizations about its development plans in the area.

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Research

Preventing Future Pandemics Depends on Environmental Action, Harvard Task Force Finds

Environmental efforts, such as forest preservation and wildlife trade regulation, are essential to preventing future pandemics, Harvard and international experts found in a report released Wednesday.

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Cambridge

Planning for an ‘Uncertain’ Future, Cambridge Unveils Climate Resilience Plan

The City of Cambridge released a report on the effects of climate change on the city and long-term recommendations for climate resilience.

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Allston

‘God Only Knows’: As Sea Level Rise Threatens Harvard and Greater Boston Area, Experts Mull Mitigation Strategy

As global temperatures steadily increase, experts predict that the resulting sea level rise and flooding will encroach on the Greater Boston Area — including Harvard’s campus.

John Kerry
Politics

Presidential Climate Envoy John Kerry Discusses Climate Crisis as National Security Threat at HKS Conference

John F. Kerry, former Secretary of State and current Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, joined intelligence experts and other stakeholders at a Harvard Kennedy School conference on the geopolitical, intelligence, and national security implications of climate change on Friday.

Green

White House National Climate Advisor and Activists Address Student Climate Conference

The deputy White House climate advisor discussed how the Biden administration will tackle climate change during one of the administration's first speaking engagements on climate change this year in a webinar hosted by the Student Climate Conference at Harvard.

SEAS Sign
Research

SEAS Researchers Postpone Test Flight for Controversial Geoengineering Project To Block Sun

Harvard researchers announced Wednesday they will postpone a test flight for a controversial environmental engineering project — the Stratospheric Controlled Perturbation Experiment, known as “SCoPEx” — after pushback from an Indigenous peoples’ group in Sweden.

Mallinckrodt Laboratory
Research

Harvard Researchers Develop Cheaper Method For Renewable Energy Storage

In a step forward for renewable energy storage, researchers in Harvard’s Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology have accomplished the continuous splitting of impure water into pure hydrogen and oxygen gas by leveraging a process called forward osmosis, according to an article published earlier this month.

Sunrise Movement
Scrutiny

Sunrise Movement

Young people march for climate action at a Sunrise Movement protest. Sunrise is a national organization working to stop climate change and create green jobs.

Michelle Wu '07 Ice Cream Social
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Michelle Wu '07 Ice Cream Social

Wu talks to community members at a Roslindale ice cream social in 2019.

Michelle Wu '07 in Dorchester
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Michelle Wu '07 in Dorchester

City Councilor Michelle Wu '07 surveys flooding at Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester. As climate change causes sea level rise, these flooding events will become more common.

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