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August 20, 2014

Logo for Council on Foreign RelationsForeign Affairs reviews The Globalization of Clean Energy Technology by Professor Kelly Sims Gallagher.

“This useful book--a thorough piece of practical research--looks closely at how clean energy technologies such as gas turbines, advanced batteries, solar photovoltaics, and coal gasification emerged and spread to China.”

July 31, 2014

Human Kind Radio logoHumankind documentary 'Radioactive' with contributions from Professor Bill Moomaw begins airing on public radio.

Humankind is produced in association with WGBH/Boston by David Freudberg and distributed worldwide by NPR.

July 23, 2014

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Q&A with Rachel Kyte

Thomson Reuters Foundation logoRachel Kyte is World Bank Group Vice President and special envoy for climate change. From July 1, all new operations funded by the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank’s fund for the poorest countries, will be screened for short and long term climate and disaster risks. Thomson Reuters Foundation spoke to her and Jane Ebinger about the new policy.

July 18, 2014

Foreign Affairs:  Suicide by drought: How China is destroying its own water supplyLogo for Council on Foreign Relations

Professor Sulmaan Khan, Director of the Water and Oceans program, discusses the complex ecological, environmental, economic, social and political factors impacting China's water supply.

June 2, 2014

logo of Sydney Morning HeraldResearch Fellow Rishi Bhandary, commenting for the Sydney Morning Herald on the EPA's limitation of carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, "this announcement is extremely significant in signalling to industry how serious the Obama administration is in wanting to cut emissions and increase investment in cleaner technologies".

May 16, 2014

China Daily LogoKelly Sims Gallagher's researcher exchange proposal to progres clen energy technology collaboration between USA & China quoted in China Daily

April, 2014

IndiaPost Live logo 2014
Kartik Singh - PhD Candidate - discusses climate change on interactive news conversation portal IndiaPostLive

April 10,2014

Short Washington Post LogoKelly Sims Gallagher is cited by Wonkblog

Clean coal might work in China, but here’s why we won’t see much of it here, blogpost by Max Ehrenfreund outlining why cutting edge clean energy technologies that fit China won't be adopted in the US.

March 15, 2014

Graduation image of caps being thrown
Professor Moomaw delivers graduation address to March 2014 GMAP class

Text of the address is available to download here.

February 10, 2014

Professor Moomaw opens the Fletcher Forum's 'Global Risk 2014' series 

Launched by Dean Stavridis, the Global Risk Forum is a series of conversations addressing five issues at the heart of global security that "cut across a variety of disciplines and will require bold initiative and courageous diplomatic effort to address in the year ahead." The conversation on the breakdown in climate negotiations was seeded by Professor Moomaw's piece "From failure to Success: Reframing the Climate Treaty" and has been responded to by students, academics from Fletcher, Tufts and beyond as well as representatives of the private sector. 

February 6, 2014

Kelly Sims Gallagher a panelist at the Brookings Institution 

The John L Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution hosted 'China's Clean Energy Challenges'. Moderated by Ken Lieberthal, panelists Charles Ebinger, Kelly Sims Gallagher, Sarah Forbes, and Jane Nakano  evaluated China’s changing energy priorities and policies, their implications for U.S.-China energy cooperation and the growing demand and prospects for China’s energy future.

Listen back or read the transcript

Read a follow-up blog post

January 28, 2014

CIERP Professor of Practice Rachel Kyte is interviewed by the Financial Times Article on her new mission as special envoy for climate change at the World Bank

December 16, 2013

Harvard Belfer Center LogoProfessor Metcalf a panelist at COP-19 side event hosted by Harvard Project

The Harvard Project on Climate Agreements hosted an official side event at the Nineteenth Conference of the Parties (COP-19) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Warsaw, Poland on November 18, 2013. The event was titled "Linkage: A Promising Approach to Achieving the Goals of the Durban Platform." Metcalf, Tufts University Professor of Economics and CIERP Research Affiliate, joined other expert panelists to evaluate options for global climate-policy in the post-Durban era. Participants discussed linkage of regional, national, and sub-national cap-and-trade systems with other such systems; with carbon-tax regimes; and with non-market-based regulatory systems.


November 15, 2013

CNBC logo imageProfessor Moomaw comments on the importance of access to sanitation 

In a CNBC article highlighting the many people across the world who still lack access to basic sanitation services, Professor Moomaw comments on the many health risks and the urgency of action. "Think of living in a giant cesspool and then you get some idea of the problem. It's a life and death issue for those who don't have access to good sanitation. The spread of disease like cholera and typhus from lack of proper sanitation is just horrific." The article comes ahead of World Toilet Day, observed November 19. According to the article, World Toilet Day was officially designated by the United Nations this year "in an effort to make sanitation a global development priority."

Read the full article here.

October 31, 2013

picProfessor Patrick Verkooijen comments on the economics of climate action during UN Ambassadors event in New York

A recent “Friends on Climate Change” meeting, hosted by Dr. Mark Lyall Grant, UK Ambassador to the United Nations, on October 31 in New York provided a platform for Dr. Patrick Verkooijen, CIERP Non-Resident Professor of Practice of Sustainable Development Diplomacy and Special Representative for Climate Change of the World Bank, to underscore that climate change in our lifetime threatens to roll back development gains we have made so far. 


October 30, 2013

Seth Itzkan ImageThe Promise of Restorative Grazing

CIERP’s Agriculture, Forests, and Biodiversity Program hosted Seth Itzkan, President of Planet-TECH Associates, on October 30 for a talk entitled “Climate Mitigation 2.0 – The Promise of Restorative Grazing: Counter-Intuitive Approaches for Reversing Desertification and Global Warming While Meeting Human Needs.” The lecture continued the discussion begun at Fletcher last year with a visit by Allan Savory, Founder and President of Savory Institute, who will return to Fletcher for a public event and closed student workshop on November 22-23. Savory and Itzkan research and advocate for holistic management of natural resources.

Read the event summary...

October 24, 2013

Arnulf Grubler ImageEnergizing Sustainable Cities: Findings from the Global Energy Assessment

On Thursday, October 24, CIERP hosted Arnulf Grubler of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and Yale University, who presented on “Energizing Sustainable Cities: Findings from the Global Energy Assessment.” The lecture was part of CIERP’s ongoing Energy, Climate, and Innovation Research Seminar series. 

Read the event summary...

October 12, 2013

CSM logo imageChina drives its way to no. 1 oil importer, overtaking US: Professor Gallagher comments

In an article in the Christian Science Monitor, Staff Writer David J. Unger reports that "China has topped the US as the biggest importer of oil in the world, according to government data released this week. It's more evidence of China's economic growth and America's shale drilling boom and increased efficiency, which has reduced its reliance on foreign oil." However, CIERP Director Kelly Sims Gallagher points out that despite this trend, "dramatic increases in public transportation, fuel-economy standards, or gas prices could derail China's demand for oil."

Read the full article here.

October 7, 2013

IndustryWeek logo imageManufacturing and Energy: Advantage USA?

"Could the United States become a low-cost manufacturing destination? The energy revolution in the U.S. is helping make that pipe dream a pipeline possibility." In an IndustryWeek article exploring this topic, CIERP Director Kelly Sims Gallagher comments on the impact of natural gas: "For manufacturers, the relatively cheap price of natural gas is a huge domestic competitive advantage. Our competitors in Asia are facing triple or quadruple prices for gas, which they are largely importing."

Access the full article here. 

September 30, 2013

Global Post logo imageEPA regulations give Obama standing to influence global climate action, says Professor Gallagher

In her new commentary on GlobalPost, CIERP Director Kelly Sims Gallagher asserts that President Obama's EPA regulations create a moral argument for action by other countries on international climate policy. She also encourages the President to pursue bilateral agreements. "Multilateral treaties are unlikely in the short term because the Senate is not likely to ratify climate-change treaties, but the President still has full authority to pursue international agreements with foreign nations. He should start with China."

Read the full article...

September 5, 2013

Williams College logo imageProfessor Moomaw to receive Bicentennial Medal from Williams College

William Moomaw, Professor of International Environmental Policy at The Fletcher School, will be the Convocation Speaker at Williams College this Saturday, September 7. He will also be honored with a Bicentennial Medal, established in 1993 to commemorate the college’s 200th anniversary. Professor Moomaw received his undergraduate degree from Williams College and taught in the Williams chemistry department from 1964 to 1990 before coming to Tufts.


August 20, 2013

Here and Now logo imageProfessor Moomaw comments on leaked UN Climate Report

In a live interview with WBUR's Here and Now radio program, CIERP Professor William Moomaw helped to shed light on the IPCC climate report draft recently leaked ahead of its planned September release date. According to the New York Times, the report states "with near certainty that human activity is the cause of most of the temperature increases of recent decades, and warns that sea levels could conceivably rise by more than three feet by the end of the century if emissions continue at a runaway pace." When asked what repercussions a three foot sea level rise would have across the globe, Professor Moomaw explained that  "Miami, New Orleans, New York, Boston, to say nothing of major coastal Chinese cities (would be affected) – in fact, among the top 10 cities to be damaged, India and China suffer the most and the U.S. probably second most in the world in terms of the numbers of cities that would be adversely affected."

Listen to or read the complete transcript of the interview here.

August 8, 2013

Avery Cohn imageCIERP welcomes new Assistant Professor Avery Cohn

Avery Cohn, most recently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, has joined The Fletcher School as Assistant Professor of Environment and Resource Policy and will be a part of CIERP's core faculty group. Professor Cohn will be on leave from Fletcher for the 2013-14 academic year to complete a fellowship supported by the University of California, Berkeley Energy Biosciences Institute on the behavioral economics of pasture to cropland conversion in Brazil. He is an expert on the challenges and opportunities of tropical agricultural development under climate change, and his broader research agenda is to contribute to science and policy for sustainable global land use. He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from the University of California, Berkeley; a Master’s of Environmental Science from Yale University; and a B.S. from the University of California, Davis.

Read his complete bio here.

July 10, 2013

Net Impact logo imageFletcher Net Impact receives Gold chapter standing

Net Impact has announced the 2012-2013 Gold and Silver standings for Net Impact chapters, awarding The Fletcher School’s Net Impact chapter the prestigious Gold standing. These standings, based on the chapter’s performance this past academic year, represent the most outstanding chapters in the Net Impact network. This year, just 24% of over 300 Net Impact chapters worldwide achieved Gold standing. 

"We were thrilled to learn of the achievement of Gold Chapter status. This is a great affirmation of highly engaged members, a dedicated student Executive Board, and supportive faculty and staff. Fletcher Net Impact believes in using the power of business to make a more socially and environmentally sustainable world, and this distinction as a Gold Chapter definitely confirms that commitment." 
- Michael Reading, 2012-2013 Fletcher Net Impact Co-President

Jane Church and Laura Stankiewicz will co-lead the Fletcher Net Impact club in 2013-14.

Read the complete press release here.

July 1, 2013

picProfessor Gallagher succeeds Professor Moomaw as Director of CIERP

Kelly Sims Gallagher, Associate Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy at The Fletcher School, this month begins her new role as director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy, succeeding founding director Professor William Moomaw, who had led the Center for over 20 years. Professor Gallagher will continue to direct CIERP’s Energy, Climate, and Innovation Research Program, which she has led since she joined Fletcher in 2009. Her research focuses on energy and climate policy in both the United States and China, and she is particularly interested in the role of policy in spurring the development and deployment of cleaner and more efficient energy technologies both domestically and internationally.

Read more about Professor Gallagher here or on her personal website.
Read coverage in the Tufts Daily here.

June 25, 2013

picCIERP Fellow presents on China's PV manufacturing industry

CIERP Doctoral Research Fellow Fang Zhang was a speaker at the Climate and Development Knowledge Network's (CDKN) Climate Technology & Development (CTD) project conference in Bonn, Germany, where she presented her research, conducted jointly with Professor Kelly Sims Gallagher, on "Innovation and Technology Transfer Across Global Value Chains: Evidence from China’s PV Industry." Gallagher and Fang have also written a full-length case study on the topic (available here) as part of their collaboration on CDKN's CTD project, which aims to refocus national and international policy agendas in order to improve prospects for enhancing technology development, diffusion, and transfer in developing countries.

Access Fang's presentation slides here.

June 12, 2013

picAmbitious emissions cap from China would send strong political signal to the world, says Prof. Gallagher

CIERP Professor Kelly Sims Gallagher, director of the Center's Energy, Climate, and Innovation Program, was quoted in an article by Nature this week examining climate policy in China in the lead up to the country's first emissions trading scheme set to launch in Shenzhen on June 18. Six more cities will pilot similar mechanisms this year, with a national market scheduled to launch in 2016. Nevertheless, China has yet to establish an absolute emissions cap, focusing instead on setting targets aimed at reducing carbon intensity (emissions per unit GDP). Professor Gallagher feels that an ambitious emissions cap "would send a strong political signal to the world," potentially even bolstering climate legislation efforts in the United States, where there has been continued political resistance. She also notes, however, the challenges of monitoring and enforcement, particularly in China. "Verifying emissions, for instance, will be difficult in such a large country." Other scholars note an "institutional void" in terms of whose responsibility this will be.

Read the complete article here.

June 10, 2013

UN Logo ImageProfessor Gallagher presents to UN General Assembly on clean energy technology diffusion

Following on the heels of a report on the subject recently submitted by the UN Secretary General, the UN General Assembly has convened four workshops exploring opportunities to enhance development, transfer, and diffusion of clean and environmentally sound technologies. CIERP Professor Kelly Sims Gallagher, director of the Center's Energy, Climate, and Innovation Program, delivered the keynote address at the 3rd such workshop on May 30, which focused on capacity building to enhance the development, adoption, and use of clean and environmentally sound technologies in developing countries. Her presentation was on "The Global Diffusion of Clean Energy Technologies: Lessons from China," which is also the subject of her new book, forthcoming from The Mit Press.

Access her presentation slides here and more on the workshop proceedings here.

June 5, 2013

Luke Schoen ImageAlum awarded Blakemore Freeman Fellowship

Luke Schoen F'10 has been selected for a Blakemore Freeman Fellowship to pursue advanced Chinese language study at the Tsinghua-Berkeley Inter-University Program. Previously, Luke was an Associate at the World Resources Institute’s Climate and Energy Program and the manager of the ChinaFAQs project, where he worked to facilitate a network of internationally renowned experts in answering critical questions about Chinese policy and action on energy and climate change, and about the implications for the United States. Luke's Master's thesis at Fletcher compared the status of smart grid development and deployment in the U.S. and China and explored opportunities for international collaboration. Congratulations, Luke!

Read more about the Blakemore Freeman Fellowship here.

May 29, 2013

Following the LDCs Bhandary Brief Cover ImageNew policy brief offers alternative vision for leadership in the
climate regime 

As a set of countries with development as their overriding priority and yet highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are in a unique position to help broker a climate agreement that is informed by science and meets basic needs. This new policy brief by CIERP Junior Research Fellow and Fletcher PhD candidate Rishikesh Ram Bhandary, titled Following the LDCs: How Leadership in the Climate Regime Could Look, puts forward three ideas that could make such an agreement possible: focusing on clean energy services, tying mitigation commitments with development outcomes, and innovating by building coalitions of state and non-state actors to incorporate the momentum and learning happening outside of the immediate treaty process.

Download the brief here.

Read ClimateWire's coverage of the brief.

May 21, 2013

CIERP Researcher awarded Boren Fellowship for work on energy access

Kartikeya Singh, a PhD candidate at The Fletcher School and CIERP Junior Research Fellow, has received a Boren Award for International Study supporting his research on energy access and innovation in India. Specifically, he will be looking at the solar home lighting sector for the base of the pyramid, which has huge potential: the annual market size is approximately $2 billion, and there are 400 million people in India without access to electricity. He will also be taking advanced Hindi language classes. Congratulations, Kartikeya!

Read a summary of a presentation Kartikeya recently gave on energy access in India...

May 14, 2013

picCIERP Postdoc speaks on public acceptance of wind energy in Massachusetts, featured on public access television

CIERP Postdoctoral Scholar Maria Petrova recently presented for Contemporary Science Issues and Innovations, a public access program produced by Science for the Public, a nonprofit organization in Belmont, Massachusetts, in collaboration with the Belmont Media Center. Maria's presentation helps explain the differences of perception and experience in the Massachusetts communities of Falmouth, Hull and Kingston and how such views impact policy.

Watch the program here.

May 13, 2013

IPMS ImageCIERP faculty and staff to lead International Program on the Management of Sustainability 

For the 20th year this June, CIERP Director William Moomaw and Associate Director Mieke van der Wansem will be faculty at the International Program on the Management of Sustainability (IPMS) – an intensive 7-day executive education course in the Netherlands with participants from all over the world. This year's course will take place from June 9-16. The objective of the IPMS is to train participants in the techniques of multilateral dialogue to resolve the conflicts that arise in the context of implementing sustainable development. The IPMS teaches a mutual gains (or win-win) approach to negotiation. On the basis of role-playing exercises, lectures, and discussion groups, an integration of theory and practice is achieved that enables a dynamic, interactive learning process.  

Click here for more information. 

April 19, 2013

CIERP 20th Anniversary Flyer imageRenewable energy symposium cancelled in wake of tragic Boston Marathon events

Set to take place on Friday, April 19, "The Next Generation of Policies for Scaling up Renewable Energy," CIERP's 20th Anniversary symposium planned in honor of Center Director William Moomaw, was cancelled as a result of security concerns in the city and surrounding areas as authorities searched for suspects related to the Boston Marathon tragedy. While the symposium will not be rescheduled in its original form, we do intend to reschedule a celebration in honor of Professor Moomaw in the fall, details forthcoming. We thank everyone who had registered to attend for their interest and support, and also extend a special thanks to our planned speakers, Rainer Hinrichs-Rahlwes, President of the European Renewable Energy Council; John Howe F'84, Director of Public Affairs at FloDesign Wind Turbine; Eric Martinot, Senior Research Director at the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies in Tokyo, Japan; and Janet Sawin F'93, FG'01, Partner at Sunna Research. 

Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the tragic events in Boston.  

April 2, 2013

moomawProf. Moomaw and 28 other scientists submit advisory on Keystone XL Pipeline Supplementary EIS

CIERP Director William Moomaw, along with 28 other climate scientists, ecologists and health scientists submitted comments to the US Department of State regarding the supplementary environmental impact statement on the Keystone XL Pipeline proposal. 

Read the complete scientific advisory statement here.

March 27, 2013

Kingdom of Gorillas Webber Vedder Cover ImageSaving Gorillas, Improving Communities

Ecotourism has always been popular. People enjoy getting up close to wild animals and experiencing what nature has to offer. Nevertheless, the earth's spectacular habitats are constantly under threat.

Bill Weber, a wildlife conservationist and co-founder of the Mountain Gorilla Project in Rwanda, has devoted his life to this cause. During a lecture at The Fletcher School on March 27 entitled Gorillas & Elephants, People & Parks: Lessons in Conservation and Conflict from Central Africa, Weber recounted his remarkable story that began more than four decades ago with a commitment to studying and protecting the gorillas of Rwanda while also bringing desperately needed ecotourism revenue to the country.

Read the complete event summary...

March 25, 2013

Kartikeya Singh Event PhotoEnergy Access: A Case for Reframing

In Africa, 585 million people are without electricity.  Close to 1.3 billion people are without access to electricity worldwide while 2.7 billion burn biomass for cooking energy. Startling as they are, these figures, expected to rise in the coming years, might just well be the tip of an iceberg raising suspicion that the endeavor to provide equitable energy access to disadvantaged people could take many more years than previously imagined.

Kartikeya Singh, a PhD candidate at The Fletcher School and CIERP Junior Research Fellow, believes that existing frameworks for addressing climate change may come in conflict with the commitment to providing electricity to those having to live without it. During his presentation titled Let there be Light: Addressing the Energy Access Challenge through Innovation, Singh identified innovation as the key to ensuring energy access and also shared methods and instruments to tackle this formidable challenge currently faced by global policymakers.

Read the complete event summary... 

March 14, 2013

Dev Sanyal Image - Fletcher Speech March 2013BP executive and Fletcher alum addresses energy challenges and opportunities

"Energy is essential to the most basic aspects of development. The energy industry brings heat, light and mobility to the world – the scooters that take people to work, the lights that enable homework to be done, the refrigerators that hold a village’s stocks of medicine. So while we must not shy away from the impacts of what we do, neither should we forget that energy has been central to development – and still is."

Dev Sanyal F'88, Executive Vice President and Group Chief of Staff at BP, spoke on March 14 to the Tufts Community about Getting Energy Right, in an event hosted by CIERP's Energy, Climate, and Innovation Program. 

"In my view getting energy right means we must address three big issues...

  • First, sufficiency – is there enough energy to go round? If there is, is it affordable?
  • Second, security – can we rely on our energy supplies?
  • Third, sustainability – can we use energy for our needs without an unacceptable impact on the planet?"

(Photo by Alonso Nichols/Tufts University)

March 11, 2013

picDiverging Interests, Crumbling Cohesion: Emergence of a Post-South World

Negotiating on contentious and deeply dividing issues at the multilateral level involves complexities and dynamics of its own, and when the canvass of negotiations broadens with ever higher stakes, once seemingly united groups may go through a process of fragmentation and a gradual shift from their earlier unified positions.

Rishikesh Bhandary, CIERP Junior Research Fellow and a PhD candidate at Fletcher, during a presentation entitled Emergence of a Post-South World: Evidence from the Climate Regime, said that developing countries are increasingly becoming vocal and adopting new strategies while leaving behind old formations to avoid sub-optimal lowest common denominator outcomes. Bhandary said that, within the South and the Group of 77 (G-77), there are divisions and a divergence of interests with regard to the protection of national interests, and that various new groupings have subsequently been formed in recent years depending on confluence of interests.

Read the complete event summary...

March 7, 2013

moomawProfessor Moomaw on declining sea ice in the Arctic... and the resulting resource chase

CIERP Director William Moomaw was quoted in an article by Mike Eckel of the Christian Science Monitor about China's push for an Arctic foothold:

“The lure of riches in the Arctic draws ever more companies and nations... And so far it’s been relatively amicable jousting and jostling there.”

Professor Moomaw spoke on the topic of Arctic Anxiety at the Tufts Energy Conference on March 2-3, and CIERP is co-hosting with Fletcher's Edward R. Murrow Center for Public Diplomacy and the Consulate General of Canada a conference titled Deadly Dance: Arctic Warming and Global Climate Change, taking place on March 25-26.

Read the full article here.

February 14, 2013

Andrew Freedman Fletcher ImageExtreme weather in a changing climate

What’s up with the weather?  New England has seen its share of extremes as of late, from the recent winter storm known as Nemo to Hurricane Sandy last fall. The climate is changing. That’s a fact. Figuring out how it is changing, why it is changing and what the consequences of that change will be requires a knack for science, a penchant for cross-disciplinary thinking, and the ability to explain complex subjects to a broad audience.

Enter Andrew Freedman, F10, senior science writer for Climate Central, an online publication dedicated to researching and reporting the fact of the changing climate and its effect on the United States. All weather is suspicious now, he told students and faculty at a February 14 presentation hosted by the CIERP at The Fletcher School of Law. And all weather is occurring in a changed climate.

Read the complete event summary...

February 3, 2013

Image of Allan Savory and William Moomaw, January 25, 2013Can livestock bring back biodiversity?

The solution to a major challenge sometimes requires a paradigm-shifting discovery that dares to redefine and reshape conventional approaches. The endeavor to tackle desertification, maintain biodiversity, and improve grass cover is one such case in point where a counter intuitive practice called Holistic Management – using livestock to actually restore depleted grasslands – has been surprisingly effective.

The conventional view is that overgrazing by livestock is destructive to plants and soils and that removing them from the land heals desertification. In the early days, Savory himself was also skeptical of the usefulness of livestock and in his own words “condemned and hated” them. “I thought if we could get rid of livestock and learn to manage the wild population, we could solve the problem. I was wrong,” Savory told the audience.

Read the complete event summary here or watch Savory's full presentation below.

January 30, 2013

picTufts Now highlights link between "climate and calamity"

"Big changes in global weather mean rethinking how we respond to natural disasters—and we better think quickly." A new article in Tufts Now draws on interviews with CIERP Director William Moomaw, Peter Walker, director of Tufts' Feinstein International Center, and John Hammock, associate professor of public policy at Fletcher, to explore the links between climate change, natural disasters, and humanitarian crises, and emphasize the urgent need to anticipate and adapt to these changing conditions.

"Governments need to anticipate dangerous weather patterns and become more agile in responding when storms strike. Outside humanitarian organizations need to change the way they approach such crises—the standard tactic of parachuting in and taking charge just won’t work."

Access the complete article here.

January 23, 2013

moomawProfessor Moomaw addresses the climate change governance challenge

WBUR's online opinion and ideas page, Cognoscenti, has featured CIERP Director William Moomaw in its series on "Climate Change. Challenges. Solutions." Professor Moomaw underscores "The Governance Challenge," lamenting the common misconception that reducing greenhouse gas emissions negatively impacts economic growth and advocating for an alternative strategy that re-frames the overall approach to addressing climate change so that it reflects the development needs of all countries and links climate protection goals to the development structure of the treaty. He argues that the current deadlock over emissions reductions could be overcome by directing international cooperation towards providing clean energy services for development. The feature also includes perspectives from Sonia Hamel, an adviser to governments and foundations on energy, transportation, and climate change policy. 

Access the WBUR feature here. 

Read Professor Moomaw's related discussion paper here: "Creating a Mutual Gains Climate Regime through Universal Clean Energy Services."

January 7, 2013

picProfessor Gallagher discusses energy security at Fletcher's 10th Annual London Symposium

On December 8, The Fletcher School held its 10th Annual London Symposium on the topic of “The Global Energy Security Landscape." The event included presentations by CIERP Professor Kelly Sims Gallagher (F00, F03), director of the Center's Energy, Climate and Innovation Research Program, and Anita Orban (F01, F07), Hungary’s ambassador-at-large for energy security. 

Participants included alumni working in leadership positions in the private, non-profit and public sectors; members of Fletcher’s European Advisory Group; and members of Tufts’ International Board of Advisors. Tufts University Provost David Harris provided the introductions.

Read the complete event coverage here and watch Professor Gallagher's presentation below.

December 19, 2012

picProfessor Gallagher explores barriers to electric vehicle deployment

CIERP Professor Kelly Sims Gallagher, director of the Center's Energy, Climate, and Innovation Program, has been appointed to the National Research Council Committee on Overcoming Barriers to Electric Vehicle Deployment. The ad hoc committee will conduct a study identifying the market barriers slowing the purchase of electric vehicles and hindering the deployment of supporting infrastructure in the United States. The committee concluded their second meeting today, which focused on charging infrastructure needs, barriers, and deployment.

Read more about the committee's membership and mandate here.

December 14, 2012

picThe role of science in environmental compliance: the Ramsar Convention in Central Asia

Lesley Pories, Fletcher MALD candidate (2013), attended in November “The Conference on Wetlands and the Ramsar Convention in Central Asia: Celebrating the 10th year of the Kyrgyz Republic after joining the Ramsar Convention,” which was held in Bishkek, the capital of the Kyrgyz Republic. The conference was followed by a three-day “Regional Technical Meeting on the Implementation of the Ramsar Convention in the Central Asia Region.” The conference sought to highlight and address a wide variety of issues at stake, from governmental policy to local problems with implementation. Lesley's trip was funded by CIERP, with additional funding from MIT. 

Follow the link below to read more about Lesley and her assessment of the role of science in the implementation and enforcement of environmental agreements, following on her experiences in Central Asia.


November 30, 2012

picCIERP Professors of Practice blog from COP18 

CIERP Professors of Practice Patrick Verkooijen, World Bank Special Representative for Climate Change, and Rachel Kyte, Vice President of Sustainable Development at the World Bank, share their thoughts on the 2012 UN Conference on Climate Change (COP18), which began November 26 in Doha and will continue through this week. Links to their posts are below.

Patrick Verkooijen, turning down the heat: "How would life be in a 4°C warmer world?" 
Read a related World Bank Report, "Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must be Avoided" here and follow more World Bank expert posts from Doha here.

Rachel Kyte, on the lack of action: "A Wake Up Call."
Follow her posts here.

October 23, 2012

spangNed Spang wins Global Water Forum's Emerging Scholar Award for his Fletcher doctoral research

Recent Fletcher Ph.D. graduate and former CIERP Research Fellow Edward Spang won first prize in the Global Water Forum's Emerging Scholar Award competition for a summary of his Fletcher dissertation, "A thirst for power: A global analysis of water consumption for energy production." Ned is currently Program Manager for the Center for Water-Energy Efficiency (CWEE) at UC Davis. 

Access his paper here. 

October 22, 2012

picPublic Perception Key to Wind Energy Project Success

Maria Petrova, a postdoctoral research fellow at CIERP, recently completed research on measuring the perceptions among local communities about wind energy projects. In her presentation entitled Public Perceptions of Wind Energy Projects in Massachusetts, Petrova shared results demonstrating that communities tend to support such projects provided their benefits are explained to residents in a timely and coherent manner.

Read the event summary...

October 3, 2012

picProfessor Gallagher presents on the global diffusion of cleaner energy technologies

CIERP Professor Kelly Sims Gallagher, director of the Center's Energy, Climate, and Innovation Program, recently gave a presentation on the global diffusion of cleaner energy technologies at the University of Texas at Austin's Energy Institute. Her presentation offers a preview of her new book on the topic, forthcoming from The MIT Press in 2013. The book identifies the conditions necessary for motivating the international diffusion of cleaner energy technologies, and empirically investigates the extent to which certain barriers and incentives to their movement across international borders are valid in the Chinese context.

Watch a video of her presentation here.

September 27, 2012

picFletcher Professor of Practice Verkooijen calls to step up climate action during Climate Vulnerability Forum

Fletcher Professor of Practice and World Bank Special Representative for Climate Change Patrick Verkooijen, jointly with Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Dipu Moni, assessed the findings of the just-released 2012 Climate Vulnerability Monitor during a High Level event in New York in the margins of the United Nations General Assembly and Climate Week. The Climate Vulnerability Monitor 2nd Edition reveals that climate change has already held back global development, and inaction is a leading global cause of death. Harm is most acute for poor and vulnerable groups, but no country is spared either the costs of inaction or the lost benefits of an alternative path. Commissioned by the world’s most vulnerable countries and backed by high-level and technical panels, the new Monitor estimates human and economic impacts of climate change and the carbon economy for 184 countries in 2010 and 2030, across 34 indicators.

View a video of the panel discussion here

September 24, 2012

picIs Sustainability a Myth?

In an age of depleting energy reserves, growing resource shortages, and mounting environmental challenges, the promise of sustainable development and renewable energy indeed brings hope and reassurance. But the question remains: are we expecting too much from sustainable means of growth?

During a talk at The Fletcher School on September 24 hosted by CIERP's Energy, Climate, and Innovation Research Seminar Series, the US Ambassador to Finland, Bruce J. Oreck, laid bare the astounding gap between energy demand and supply, and spoke of the potential consequences that might result from this disparity.

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September 11, 2012

picProfessor Moomaw talks about resettlement in China on China Radio International

China Radio International's daily radio show "Today," broadcast in hour-long segments, interviewed CIERP Director William Moomaw, along with Yao Yongling, Professor at the Institute of Regional and Urban Economics in the School of Public Administration at Renmin University of China, and Mike Bastin, Researcher at Nottingham University's School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, on the impacts of forced resettlement in China. 

Listen to the program here. 

September 10, 2012

picMaliheh Birjandi Feriz honored by WRI for summer research

In a competition among all summer interns at the World Resources Institute, Maliheh Birjandi Feriz, a Fletcher MALD candidate and CIERP research assistant, was awarded the Prize for Best Research Content for her work on allocation mechanisms of the Green Climate Fund (GCF). Working with the International Financial Flows and Environment (IFEE) team, she studied various options for resource allocation used in existing multilateral, bilateral, and national funds, and researched possible guiding principles for an equitable allocation of resources in the context of the Green Climate Fund. Her research will be published in the coming months.

For more information on her work, contact

August 30, 2012

picpicCIERP welcomes two new Professors of Practice 

Rachel Kyte, Vice President of Sustainable Development at the World Bank, and Andrew Steer, President of the World Resources Institute, have been named Professors of Practice at CIERP. Their engagement strengthens the Center's Sustainable Development Diplomacy and Governance program, offering faculty and students the opportunity to engage with top leaders in the field. Kyte and Steer join current CIERP Professors of Practice Hans Hoogeveen, Director General of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, and Patrick Verkooijen, Special Representative for Climate Change at the World Bank. Professors of Practice spend time on campus participating in courses, seminars, and special events, as well as advising students.

Read more about Kyte and Steer here...

July 30, 2012

picCIERP Professor of Practice appointed World Bank Special Representative for Climate Change

The World Bank has announced that Patrick Verkooijen, Non-Resident Professor of Practice of Sustainable Development Diplomacy at CIERP, has been appointed as its Special Representative for Climate Change. Verkooijen will leave his current post as Head of Agriculture and Climate Change at the World Bank for the new position and as such serves as principal advisor to the Vice President of Sustainable Development, specifically in engaging with the UN and other partners leading global efforts in the climate change area. Verkooijen brings his experience as an international negotiator and coordinator in international sustainable development and climate change activities to his new post. 

Verkooijen's Professorship at CIERP focuses on his co-lecturing of the sustainable development diplomacy (SDD) course, in close collaboration with CIERP Director William Moomaw and Professor of Practice Hans Hoogeveen. Verkooijen is a former student of Professor Moomaw, and they have worked together on international sustainability issues over the past decade.

Read more about Verkooijen here.

July 29, 2012

moomawProfessor Moomaw speaks about reframing environmental negotiations on Maria Armoudian's "Insighters and Scholars' Circle" radio program

CIERP Director William Moomaw participated in a virtual roundtable discussion on climate change and how low carbon technologies might address it. The program was broadcast live on several stations in California and the Midwest (the archived version is linked below). Other participants included Professor Mark Jacobson of Stanford University, whose expertise is on the technical aspects of meeting energy needs with renewables, and Ravi Rajan, who spoke about the adverse implications of climate change on developing countries and how they too could benefit from renewable energy. Professor Moomaw spoke about the shortfalls of current treaty negotiations, emphasizing that what we really need is a development agreement that will deliver clean energy services to all rather than a pollution control treaty to limit emissions. He also outlined the notion of how it will be multiple actors at different scales implementing strategies that will solve the problem, and not a top down treaty. 

Listen to the program here.

Read Professor Moomaw's recent paper on the topic: "Creating a Mutual Gains Climate Regime through Universal Clean Energy Services."

July 15, 2012

riologoReflecting on Rio+20

At the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, world leaders, along with thousands of participants from governments, the private sector, NGOs, and other groups, came together to discuss how to reduce poverty, advance social equity, and ensure environmental protection. Members of the CIERP, Fletcher, and broader Tufts community were there, including Fletcher Ph.D. Candidates Laura Kuhl and Andrew Tirrell. Kuhl, a CIERP Research Fellow, also participated in a side event co-sponsored by CIERP and Tufts Institute of the Environment, which explored how to reframe environmental negotiations from a pollution prevention framework to opportunities for sustainable development. The event was moderated by Professor Kelly Sims Gallagher, Director of CIERP's Energy, Climate, and Innovation Program, and featured additional speakers from the Stockholm Environment Institute, WHO European Centre for Environment and Health, United Nations Foundation, World Resources Institute, and Tufts School of Engineering.

Kuhl and Tirrell offer their reflections on Rio+20 here.  

July 2, 2012

picFletcher alumnus co-authors report on ICT, cities, and climate change in Africa

Gaurav Relhan, a Fletcher alumnus (MALD 2010) who works with the World Bank as a development specialist for the Africa region, recently co-authored a report related to Information & Communication Technologies (ICT), cities, and climate change in Africa. The work has launched a global policy dialogue for inculcating greater ICT-based citizen participation towards helping cities in Africa adapt to climate change, and also led to the development of the ICT tool called 'Taarifa' which can enable citizens to engage with their governments in this regard. The report and accompanying video are featured on the World Bank's external website.

Access the report here.

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