A delegation of faculty and graduate students from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University is in Copenhagen, monitoring the conference and blogging on developments in Considering Copenhagen. And some of the Fletcher students are lobbying for effective action as part of a group of young Americans called SustainUS.
Graduate student Odette Mucha wrote that she was in a group of American activists taking grassroots action, including crashing a meeting of what she called "the climate denier group, Americans for Prosperity," that was "claiming that climate change is turning out to be the biggest hoax in American history, and that a cap and trade system would “suppress American productivity and prosperity.”
"We couldn’t sit around and listen to that, so we jumped up and took over the event," Mucha added. "The group of 30-40 youth from around the US gave the real American opinion, and chanted “Americans for prosperity are Americans for Clean Energy!” and “Clean energy makes jobs.” To see a quick clip, check out a great climate blog: http://itsgettinghotinhere.org/ and my group’s blog: http://sustainus.org/ ."In another more technical entry, Fletcher post-doctoral researcher Hengwei Liu explains China's stance at the summit, including its core view that the summit needs to nail down specific, measurable emissions reductions by developed nations given their historic role in generating industrial pollutants for many generations, while developing countries need to make sure their economic growth policies mitigate climate change. The blog notes that "Liu’s current research focuses on advanced coal and Carbon Capture and Storage technology policy in China. He has been involved in a wide range of national and international initiatives and projects, including Carbon Mitigation Initiative."
Also, the head of the environment project at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, Professor Robert N. Stavins, is heading to Copenhagen to take part in events at the climate summit. Stavins is co-author of a recent research paper that suggests a framework to replace the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012, with a long-term, comprehensive approach to reducing emissions.
That paper is co-authored with Yale Associate Professor Sheila M. Olmstead and Professor Stavins is director of the Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements. The co-author is Yale Associate Professor Sheila M. Olmstead, who was a graduate fellow at the Harvard Environmental Economics Program before joining the Yale faculty.
The paper is ambitious -- entitled "An expanded three-part architecture for post-2012 international climate policy." It suggests ways for industrialized and developing nations to attack climate change "in differentiated but meaningful ways"; it suggests an extended time path for targets rather than another five-year Kyoto-style approach; and it suggests "flexible market-based policy instruments to keep costs down and facilitate international equity."
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About James F. SmithJim Smith came home to his native Boston in 2002 to become the Boston Globe's foreign editor after spending 22 years abroad. He was previously based in Buenos Aires and Mexico City for the LA Times, and in Johannesburg, Tokyo and The Hague for the AP. In 2007 he became the Globe's national political editor, coordinating presidential campaign coverage. He is a Yale graduate, and has an MBA. He is married to Maxine Hart and has two sons, Matthew and Daniel.
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