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In Focus

Climate change is a global threat that requires an urgent response. The Harvard community is taking a multi-faceted approach to addressing and reversing the effects of this crisis.

Deaths from fossil fuel emissions higher than previously thought

Fossil fuel air pollution responsible for more than 8 million people worldwide in 2018.

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Climate champions

As climate risks increase, so do the number of people working around the world to improve our planetary health and our lives. We’ve captured a few stories about students, scholars, and leaders who are confronting climate change — in ways both big and small.

An older photo of Denis Hayes speaking on a stage

Denis Hayes

Denis Hayes attended Harvard, but left in 1970 to start a grassroots environmental movement called Earth Day. Read his reflections on the 50th anniversary of the global observance.

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Saamon Legoski

Recent Harvard graduate Saamon Legoski plans to become an environmental justice attorney — one who understands enough science to be an expert litigator in court.

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Christina Chang

Recent Harvard graduate Christina Chang co-invented a method that could enable the production of cheaper, longer-lasting solar panels that can be mass produced at a rate of a few feet per minute.

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Renee Salas in her white doctors coat

Renee Salas

Renee Salas, an emergency physician, HMS assistant professor of emergency medicine, and climate change and health expert, organized the symposium, “The Climate Crisis and Clinical Practice,” to help health care workers understand and anticipate the intersection of climate change and health care.

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Charles Waldheim in his office

Charles Waldheim

Florida native Charles Waldheim directs the Design School’s Office for Urbanization. He is researching the relations between landscape, ecology, and contemporary urbanism, and finding ways to combat climate change.

Read about Charles’ research