Brainstorming Center

This is an area on the ClassACT site for multiple collaborator groupthink idea/solution/problem-solving activity

Recent news from Harvard on Climate Change:

April 13, 2015 Panel

Experts from the worlds of science, government, economics, business, and history gathered in Sanders Theatre for a wide-ranging panel discussion on how society in general and universities in particular can best confront the perils posed by climate change. Introduced by President Drew Faust and facilitated by Charlie Rose.

Harvard Details Climate Change Actions

Climate-Change Currents--Harvard Magazine

“The Climate Change Solutions Fund—announced in April 2014 by President Drew Faust, and intended to channel $20 million into innovative research (see—has made its first seven grants, totaling $800,000, for projects ranging from work on food waste (at the Law School) and coping with extreme heat events (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health) to work on energy and climate policy in China and India.

In mid March, Faust focused on climate issues during a capital-campaign “Your Harvard” event in Beijing; among the faculty members who appeared was professor of architectural technology Ali Malkawi, director of the Center for Green Buildings and Cities (described more fully at Faust also spoke at Tsinghua University, where she highlighted academic partnerships, research, and training, drawing on examples from Harvard-Tsinghua collaborations on air pollution, the atmosphere, and global warming (see”

American Climate Prospectus: Economic Risks in the United States (Rhodium Group) as referenced in Harvard Magazine

Our Classmate Sharon Shurts Tisher is a lecturer in the School of Economics and the Honors College at the University of Maine. She is a member of the Maine chapter of the national Scholars Strategy Network, which brings together scholars across the country to address public challenges and their policy implications, and she is one of ClassACT's core group looking at environmental issues, particularly climate warming. In late December the Bangor Daily News published an editorial on global warming written by Sharon (a lifelong Democrat) and Peter Mills (a lifelong Republican). In this editorial there are several useful references to global warming. This Democrat-Republican joint editorial approach in one of the suggestions that Sharon has made for how our class might engage others on global warming.

Recommended reading and viewing on climate change

“The Short Guide to Climate Change” The short form of the Royal Society‘s Report gives text and video introduction to climate change in 60 seconds. "Climate Change Evidence and Causes” from The Royal Society is the long-form report.

Classmate Jesse Ausubel's predictive, precise and provocative paper called “Some Ways to Lessen Worries about Climate Change”, includes observations such as "Carbon taxes are just more taxes, with a smell of morality," and, re "so-called solar and renewable sources [of energy]: each is dirty in its own way: hydro kills rivers, biomass gobbles habitat that could be wilderness, windmills kill birds (and could easily become still relics if the winds change)." pp, Jesse Ausubal.

Ausubel, Director of the Program for the Human Environment at Rockefeller University, delivered a talk for the Long Now Foundation on "Nature is Rebounding: Land- and Ocean-Sparing through Concentrating Human Activities." Enjoy the talk HERE

The Summary Report (2014) of the fifth annual Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Synthesis Report for Policymakers is a sobering 39-page treatment of observed climate changes, their causes, future expected changes, their risks and impacts, future pathways for adaptation, mitigation and sustainable development. The Full Report can be found at IPCC Fifth Assessment Synthesis Report

“What We Know,” from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2014)initiative dedicated to communicating the Reality and the Risk of climate change to the public and how to Respond

U.S. National Climate Assessment Report (2014) "documents the changes already observed and those projected for the future" in the U.S.; details include impacts and predictions by region.


“The 3% Solution: Driving Profits Through Carbon Reduction,” a report commissioned jointly by the World Wildlife Federation and the firm CDP (2013), is aimed at US corporations and their necessary efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions