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Climate Solutions

Faculty and students from across the Harvard community are working on ways to address climate change and its effects.

Litigation is one tool that we use … to bring about climate justice and to have a healthier future.”

Kathryn Sikkink, professor of human rights policy at Harvard Kennedy School

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Green reading

Explore book recommendations from Harvard Lecturer on Government Sparsha Saha’s Climate Change Literature course, expand your view of the problem with Harvard Professor Sarah Dimick’s recommendations for engaging with climate anxiety, or be transported with climate fiction recommended by English Professor James Engell.

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Improving today

The Harvard community, from the Innovation Labs to the Salata Institute, is working on climate solutions that can address the issues of today and tomorrow.

Read why it’s so important to focus on climate science over doomerism

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Tracking methane

MethaneSAT recently took to space to detect and report on methane, a greenhouse gas that accounts for about a third of the current warming of the atmosphere. Methane has a shorter lifetime in the atmosphere than CO2, so a reduction in emissions would have a quicker impact on the environment.

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Windows that cool themselves

A “skin” can regulate indoor temperatures using liquid channels.

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Greener hospitals

Can we make health care environmentally friendly without compromising care?

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Informed populations

Miami is providing actionable steps for high-risk, high-temp neighborhoods.

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Resilient infrastructure

New construction needs to plan for flooding, wildfires, and extreme heat.

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Plastic-eating bacteria

Microbes that eat plastic could help reduce global waste.

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Eco-friendly air conditioning

A specially coated ceramic can cool air without adding humidity.

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Want to explore more climate solutions?

Join climate experts, leaders, and stakeholders as they explore approaches to the most complex and challenging dimensions of the climate crisis.

Learn more about Harvard Climate Action Week

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Helping the world adapt

Empowering tomorrow

The Harvard community is helping prepare the leaders of tomorrow for the challenges ahead.

Get inspired by careers in climate action

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Climate change in education

Climate change affects learners everywhere—from wildfire smoke negatively impacting healthy development, to heat harming students’ ability to learn, to flooding forcing schools to close. Educational systems must increasingly grapple with how to best support learners, schools, and communities in a changing climate.

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  • Teach

What role can educators play in improving the lives of children living amid the impacts of a warming planet?

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  • Adapt

Harvard faculty are developing curricula for the intersection of environmentalism, equity, and civil rights.

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  • Advocate

Some physicians are providing key evidence to support a youth-led legal movement for climate justice.

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  • Unite

A global array of high school students joined Harvard's Youth Summit on Climate, Equity, and Health.

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  • Lead

A Harvard gathering shows the increasing interest in careers in climate and sustainability.

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Looking to the plants

Harvard researchers are exploring the history and future of the plant kingdom, including ways to help plants survive on a warming planet, how warming may affect the carbon that plants capture, how Thoreau’s writing can help us understand the profound loss of natural diversity that climate change is causing, and how digitizing plant collections can foster new discoveries.

Learn more about how plants adapt to climate change

On our campus

Harvard is continuously finding ways to increase sustainability and decrease greenhouse gases on our campus and around the world.

Explore all the sustainable work happening on Harvard’s campus