William R. Moomaw is the Professor Emeritus of International Environmental Policy at the Fletcher School, Tufts University. Moomaw has worked at the intersection of science and policy, advocating for international sustainable development. His activities have included being a long-time contributor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
William R. Moomaw
Massachusetts Institute of Technology(Ph.D.)
|Awards||A lead author of the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change|
|Fields||Chemistry, Environmental policy|
|Institutions||The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (emeritus)|
Education and career
Moomaw graduated from Williams College in 1959, and in 1965 earning a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Moomaw was director of the climate, energy and pollution program for the World Resources Institute in Washington, D.C. Later on he joined the faculty of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where he was appointed Professor of International Environmental Policy. In 1992 he founded the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy, within the Fletcher School, and remained the director of the center for 22 years, until his retirement in 2013.
Moomaw has conducted research in areas including sustainable development, renewable energy, trade and environment, technology and policy implications for climate change, water and climate change, economics and geochemistry of the nitrogen cycle, biodiversity, and negotiation strategies for environmental agreements.
Moomaw has been a lead author for several Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports, including being the coordinating lead author of the 2001 chapter on greenhouse gas emissions reduction and a lead author for the 2007 IPCC Fourth Assessment Report Chapter 4: Energy Supply in Mitigation of Climate Change (Working Group III).
As an American Association for the Advancement of Science Congressional Science Fellow, he worked on energy and forestry legislation and on legislation that eliminated American use of CFCs in spray cans to protect the ozone layer. Moomaw also founded the Tufts Climate Initiative and co-founded the Global Development and Environment Institute, and has served on the boards of The Climate Group, Clean Air-Cool Planet, Earthwatch Institute, Center for Ecological Technologies, Woods Hole Research Center, and the Consensus Building Institute. He remains an active advocate and commentator.
Moomaw has also given expert testimony in the U.S. Congress, and written reports for the United Nations.
In 2007 the Nobel Peace Prize was jointly awarded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC and Vice President Al Gore. Moomaw was a lead author for chapters of several IPCC reports, including the 2007 report.
- Transboundary Environmental Negotiation: New Approaches to Global Cooperation(co-editor) (2002).
- People and Their Planet: Searching for Balance (co-editor) (1999).
- Innovations in International Environmental Negotiation (co-editor) (1999)
- "William Moomaw - Faculty profile". Medford, MA: The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. 2014. Archived from the original on Oct 2, 2015. Retrieved Oct 14, 2015.
- Koba, Mark (November 22, 2012). "Parched Earth Policy: Are We Running Out of Water?". CNBC. Archived from the original on August 1, 2016. Retrieved October 2, 2016.
- Rosenthal, Elizabeth (May 6, 2007). "A Greener IPCC?". The New York Times. Archived from the original on October 29, 2010. Retrieved May 18, 2015.
- "Systematic Transfer Will Take Decades". USA Today. New York. April 1, 2010. Archived from the original on Jun 17, 2015. Retrieved Jun 17, 2015.
- Curwood, Steve (October 12, 2007). "Nobel Peace Prize Goes Green". living on earth. Boston, MA, USA. Archived from the original on Feb 26, 2015. Retrieved May 13, 2015.
- Revkin, Andrew C. (Dec 15, 2008). "Warming: Pollution or Technology Problem?". The New York Times. Archived from the original on April 12, 2015. Retrieved May 18, 2015.
- "Moomaw profile - United Nations" (PDF). New York: United Nations. 2011. Archived (PDF) from the original on Jan 14, 2014. Retrieved Oct 14, 2015.
- "How Would Climate Change Influence Society in the 21st Century? (Panel discussion)". Boston, MA: Massachusetts Institute of Technology. January 29, 2008. Archived from the original on Sep 16, 2015. Retrieved Oct 14, 2015.
- Feder, Barnaby J. (May 14, 1989). "Turning On the Research Switch". The New York Times. Retrieved May 18, 2015.
- Revkin, Andrew C. (May 3, 2007). "Climate Panel Reaches Consensus on the Need to Reduce Harmful Emissions". The New York Times. Retrieved May 18, 2015.
- Borenstein, Seth (October 1, 2004). "Russia ratifies emissions treaty; U.S. won't sign on Moscow's decision puts 1997's Kyoto pact, aimed against global warming, into effect in 90 days". The Philadelphia Inquirer. p. A05. Archived from the original on Jun 17, 2015. Retrieved Jun 17, 2015.
- "CAPITOL REPORT: Billions At Stake In Greenhouse Gas Debate". Dow Jones Business News. October 29, 2007. Archived from the original on Jun 17, 2015. Retrieved Jun 17, 2015.
- Horwitz, Alexa (September 9, 2013). "Gallagher appointed new CIERP director". Tufts Daily. Archived from the original on September 14, 2013. Retrieved May 18, 2015.
- Anderson, Linda (Dec 17, 2007). "Fletcher plans faculty growth". Financial Times. London (UK). p. 15.
- Sims, R.E.H.; Schock, R.N.; Adegbululgbe, A.; Fenhann, J.; Konstantinaviciute, I.; Moomaw, W.; Nimir, H.B.; Schlamadinger, B. (2007). "Climate Change 2007: Working Group III: Mitigation of Climate Change - Chapter 4: Energy Supply". IPCC Fourth Assessment Report. Archived from the original on Sep 7, 2015.
- "Board of Directors". Falmouth, MA: Woods Hole Research Center. 2014. Archived from the original on April 13, 2015. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
- "William Moomaw". Archived from the original on Oct 20, 2014. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
- Moomaw, William R (2013). "Can the International Treaty System Address Climate Change?" (PDF). The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs. Medford, MA: The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. 37 (1): 105–118. ISSN 1046-1868. Archived (PDF) from the original on May 13, 2015. Retrieved May 13, 2015.
- "Climate change hot debate in 2008". Targeted News Service. United States. January 15, 2008.
- Video New Energy & Environmental Agenda The second speech of the conference was entitled Growth & the Environment: Defusing the Population Bomb.