Amy Myers Jaffe

Managing Director, Climate Policy Lab, Tufts University

Amy Myers Jaffe is a leading expert on global energy policy, energy and sustainability, and geopolitical risk. She is a research professor and Managing Director of the Climate Policy Lab at Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Prior to joining Tufts Fletcher School, Jaffe was the David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment and Director of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change. Jaffe also has served as the executive director for Energy and Sustainability at the University of California Davis and as senior advisor to the Office of the Chief Investment Officer of the University California Regents. Jaffe is currently co-chair of the steering committee of the Women in Energy Initiative at the Center for Global Energy Policy at Columbia University. She has taught energy policy, business and sustainability courses at Rice University, UC Davis and Yale University.

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A Paris Progress Report

In June 2017, President Trump announced his plan to withdraw the country from the 2015 Paris Climate Accord, claiming it disadvantaged the United States. The symbolism of the American government’s retreat overshadowed the reality that the U.S. business community has embraced a low-carbon future. “We committed under Paris to do nothing we weren’t gonna do anyway and that we aren’t doing anyway,” says former Sierra Club chairman Carl Pope. Many countries have also reaffirmed their commitments to the Paris agreement. But how much progress has really been made, both at home and abroad?

COVID-19 and Climate: Economic Impacts

Apr 15 2020 - 12:00pm

The COVID-19 recession has happened faster and hit deeper than most people could have imagined. Perhaps not surprisingly, the people most at risk in a shuttered economy are often the same people who are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

“This crisis has served to expose some of the vulnerabilities of the economy,” says Kathleen Day, Finance Lecturer, Johns Hopkins University, “and one of those is that we have such a large number of people living from check to check.”