The Climate Policy Lab is a new initiative at the Fletcher School, Tufts University to better understand which energy and climate policies work, which don't and why.
The Lab is a source of independent and objective advice for governments contemplating new climate policies as they implement new domestic policies consistent with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
CPL serves as a virtual lab for international comparative policy analysis, conducting rigorous evidence-based research to provide rapid and concrete answers to questions posed by policymakers.
Through its international and comparative approach, the Lab addresses the issue of policy interaction and evaluates more precisely the cumulative effect of existing and actually-implemented climate policies.
If you have a research proposal or project idea contact CPL Director, Professor Kelly Sims Gallagher: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fletcher School pre-doctoral fellow, Fang Zhang, discusses her experience at COP24 by describing what it felt like to attend a climate conference in a city with a substantial coal mining history. Fang also emphasizes the long process of negotiation and how certain anti-climate entities prove to be relatively ineffective in halting climate action.
Rishi Bhandary, a Fletcher School pre-doctoral fellow, discusses his experience at COP24, emphasizing the gridlock between parties in regards to Article 6 of The Paris Agreement. Rishi has extensive research knowledge of the topic, and analyzes the various agreed-upon and controversial topics that came up throughout negotiations.
Fletcher School MALD student, Josh Boyce, describes his experience during the second week of COP24. Josh provides details on the 4par1000 event on behalf of GDAE and Soil4Climate and expresses his optimism in combating climate change moving forward.
Eliot Martin, a graduate student at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, provides insight into the events at COP24 in the Indonesia Pavilion. Eliot states that, “Indonesia now finds itself in a no-win position with a commodity that has become the backbone of its rural economy,” in regards to the extensive palm oil production occurring in the country.
Allison Meyer, a graduate student at Tufts University in the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, writes about her first week at the COP24, emphasizing that the least privileged people are often the ones most affected by the effects of climate change. In particular, Allison discusses a panel she attended that focused on the displacement, loss of home, and loss of culture for the people of Tuvalu and indigenous communities in Alaska.
Helen Mizrach, Tufts University undergraduate student, discusses her third day at the COP24. Helen describes a day focused on her primary interests: the intersection of climate change, food systems, and health.
Helen Mizrach, an undergraduate student studying Biopsychology with a minor in Food Systems and Nutrition at the School of Arts and Sciences, describes her first day at the COP 24. Helen provides details on the opening ceremony, the inauguration of the Climate Action Hub, a compelling discussion about the intersection of religion and climate change by Gyalwang Drupka, and a workshop on agriculture.
Fletcher student, Grace Tamble, discusses her third day at the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) in Katowice, Poland. Grace describes attending a hearing from IRENA, the International Renewable Energy Agency, as well as other events that focused on the theme of energy transition, while also mentioning Katowice’s deep history of coal mining and its impact.
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Motivated by concerns about the climate implications of China’s overseas investments, this paper identifies and evaluates Chinese policies governing China’s foreign direct investment and focuses particularly on how those policies influence environmental outcomes in recipient countries.