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Countdown to COP26

Experts from The Fletcher School share their perspectives on critical issues leading up to the UN Climate Change Conference in November 2021.

Below we offer a list of articles, webinars, and more featuring insights from members of the Fletcher community regarding climate change and environmental policy around the world. 

  • "Major Climate Action at Stake in Fight Over Twin Bills Pending in Congress", The New York Times
    October 10, 2021


    Fletcher Dean Rachel Kyte comments on President Joe Biden's plan to attend the U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, stating that he should use the platform to share a detailed plan of how the country will combat climate change.

    Read the article here

  • "How Green is the Greenback? An Analysis of the Environmental Costs of Cash in the United States", Digital Planet, The Fletcher School
    October 8, 2021


    New research from Digital Planet, a research center at Fletcher that studies the impacts of emerging technologies around the world, analyzes the environmental impacts of physical cash in the United States compared to its digital alternatives, such as bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. 

    Learn more here

  • "China’s Power Crunch Exposes Tensions Ahead of Key U.N. Climate Summit", The New York Times
    October 7, 2021


    Kelly Sims Gallagher points out the tug of war in China over coal production, via an article in The New York Times.

    Read the article here

  • "Climate Pressure Mounts for Biden As a Major Conference Looms", TIME Magazine 
    October 5, 2021


    In a recent article in TIME about President Biden's stance on climate policy, Fletcher Dean Rachel Kyte says “people’s worst fear is that while President Biden is well intentioned and means it when he says that America is back, the political system in the United States can’t deliver.”

    Read the full article here

  • "Policy Watch: Kerry tells world leaders to ‘stop the BS’ and lift ambition at Glasgow", Reuters Events
    October 5, 2021


    Fletcher Dean Rachel Kyte is quoted from a Centre for Climate and Energy Solutions webinar in which she addressed the “massive to do list” related to climate change efforts.

    Learn more here

  • "Annual General Meeting & World Air Transport Summit 2021", Hosted by The International Air Transport Association (IATA)
    October 4, 2021


    Fletcher Dean Rachel Kyte presented a keynote address at the 2021 Annual General Meeting & World Air Transport Summit in Boston, Massachusetts, where she stressed the importance of forging a collaborative path forward between the private and public sectors in reaching a net zero future by the year 2050.

    Learn more and watch the keynote here

  • "Supporting Low-Carbon Energy Through a New Generation of Tax Credits", Gilbert E. Metcalf 
    September 2021

    New research led by Tufts University Professor of Economics Gilbert E. Metcalf and Fletcher's Climate Policy Lab highlights policy improvements that could make tax credits a more cost-effective tool for promoting low-carbon energy, and thereby reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.

    Read the full policy brief here

  • "The Political Economy of Hydropower Dependent Nations," Imad Ahmed (F'11) 
    September 2021

    Fletcher Master of International Business Alumnus Imad Ahmed (F'11) recently published a book that aims to inform better energy policy in hydropower dependent countries which are vulnerable to climate shocks. Using Zambia as a case study, Ahmed focuses on the impact of increasing energy insecurity as global warming affects a fifth of the world population living in these regions, many of which are afflicted with drought.

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  • "Promoting Inclusive and Impactful Research, Development, and Demonstration Programs," Kelly Sims Gallagher, Gregory Nemet
    September 2021

    New research led by Fletcher's Academic Dean, Director, Climate Policy Lab and Co-Director, CIERP Kelly Sims Gallagher and University of Wisconsin Madison professor Gregory Nemet highlights the need to make energy research and development in the United States more inclusive and impactful.

    Read the full policy brief here

  • "The Net Zero Trap: Countries Need to Reduce Emissions Now, Not Just in the Distant Future", Kelly Sims Gallagher, Foreign Affairs
    September 30, 2021


    In her most recent article in Foreign Affairs, Fletcher's Academic Dean Kelly Sims Gallagher explains that in order to avoid intolerable climatic disruption, the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, known as COP26, must focus on holding countries accountable for implementing policies that focus on emission reductions in the short-term future, not just the long-term.

    Read the article here

  • "Decarbonizing Shipping: A Call to Action", Hosted by Global Maritime Forum
    September 22, 2021


    In this interactive webinar, Fletcher Dean Rachel Kyte joins a panel of experts from over 100 companies from across the maritime space in discussing how government action, coupled with action from the private sector, can support commitments to decarbonize shipping by 2050, support industrial-scale zero emission shipping projects through national action, and deliver the policy measures that will make shipping the default choice by 2030.

    Watch Dean Kyte participate in the webinar here

  • "COP26: The road to Glasgow," Stories of our times podcast
    September 16, 2021


    As COP26 draws closer, are negotiations as far along as they need to be? Fletcher Dean Rachel Kyte joins this episode of the "Stories of our times" podcast to discuss this important question.

    Listen to the podcast episode here

  • "From Fossil to Low Carbon: The Evolution of Global Public Energy Innovation", Hosted by Fletcher's Center for International Environmental Policy and Climate Policy Lab 
    September 14, 2021

    Fletcher's Center for International Environmental Policy and Climate Policy Lab hosted a webinar to discuss their new publication in WIREs Reviews about global government energy RD&D investments between 2000-2018. Their new research reveals that global public RD&D investments in fossil fuels technologies have decreased in recent years while clean energy has been on the upswing. Given the findings, the researchers who participated in the webinar hoped to answer the question, “Should we be optimistic about global clean energy innovation efforts against climate change?”

    Watch the webinar here

  • "Air conditioning is adding to the climate crisis. But it doesn’t need to be.", Rachel Kyte, The Boston Globe
    September 8, 2021


    Fletcher Dean Rachel Kyte discusses how we can rethink heating and cooling systems around the globe so that they have less of a negative impact on the environment. 

    Read the article here

  • "Fuel economy and the price of gasoline: Evidence from fueling-level micro data," Shinsuke Tanaka, Christopher Knittel 
    September 6, 2021

    Research conducted by Fletcher's Assistant Professor of Economics Shinsuke Tanaka and Professor of Applied Economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management Christopher Knittel use novel micro-level data on on-road fuel consumption and fuel prices in Japan to estimate both the contemporaneous and dynamic effects of gasoline prices on on-road fuel economy.

    Read more here

  • "As wildfires rage, infrastructure bill aims to mitigate their impact," Amy Myers Jaffe, MarketPlace
    August 10, 2021

    Fletcher Research Professor and Managing Director of the Climate Policy Lab Amy Myers Jaffe weighs in on how the proposed infrastructure bill addresses climate change-related wildfire prevention and resilience.

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  • "With global warming getting worse, urgent action is needed, climate scientists say," The Boston Globe
    August 10, 2021


    Fletcher Professor Emeritus William Moomaw comments on the latest warning on climate change from the U.N.'s International Panel on Climate Change, via an article in The Boston Globe.

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  • "A Global Climate Tipping Point? Understanding The U.N. IPCC Report," WBUR 
    August 9, 2021

    Professor Emeritus William Moomaw is interviewed on WBUR about the latest warning on climate change from the U.N.'s International Panel on Climate Change.

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  • "Democrats Seek $500 Billion in Climate Damages From Big Polluting Companies," The New York Times
    August 4, 2021


    Fletcher Research Professor and Managing Director of the Climate Policy Lab Amy Myers Jaffe comments on a proposed bill to charge major U.S. oil and gas companies fees based on their greenhouse gas emissions in The New York Times.

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  • "The clock is ticking to make Cop26 a success", Rachel Kyte, The Times
    July 23, 2021


    Fletcher Dean Rachel Kyte says, "we need commitment and leadership in action, not just words," in an article she published in The Times, referencing the need for global leaders to take more concrete steps in the fight against climate change. According to Dean Kyte, the U.N.'s Summit on Climate Change, which will be held in Glasgow in late October and early November 2021, could be the perfect opportunity for leaders to move the needle forward in global environmental policy. 

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  • "Electricity storage technology is not a luxury line item," Amy Myers Jaffe, The Hill
    July 15, 2021

    Amy Myers Jaffe outlines the importance of electrical storage technology for developing U.S. electric grid resiliency and for competing with countries that are investing in energy research and development in The Hill.

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  • "Washington to Glasgow: Global Climate Diplomacy Over the Next Six Months", Event co-hosted by The Fletcher School and Climate Policy Lab
    April 22, 2021


    This virtual event features a discussion between Fletcher Dean Rachel Kyte, Academic Dean and Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy Kelly Sims Gallagher, and Research Professor and Managing Director of Fletcher's Climate Policy Lab Amy Meyers Jaffe about the key takeaways from President Biden's Leaders Summit on Climate. Together, they discuss the current state of climate policy and action on a global scale about make predictions about how this may change as we prepare for the UN's Climate Change Conference in Glasgow. 

    Watch the event recording