Alexandra Hackbarth (Maxwell, ‘15), Director for Climate and Energy Security at the American Security Project, authored a report on the difficult quandary China’s leadership faces: how best to balance economic growth and reductions in carbon emissions. In the wake of coronavirus, Hackbarth writes, this balance becomes even more important and difficult. Decisions made now in Beijing may well determine whether it is possible to keep global temperatures from rising more than 2°C above pre-industrial levels, as the 2015 Paris Agreement prescribes.
On June 17, Alex also moderated a public event on the balance China must find between economic growth and reduced carbon emissions. Joining her were Vice Admiral Lee Gunn, USN (Ret.) and Taiya Smith, Director of the China Program at the Climate Leadership Council.