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News Release
Sep 17, 2019
How environmental taxes can work for everyone in Spain and beyond

Governments that impose taxes on carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions can benefit from a cleaner, more climate-friendly environment and a revenue stream that can be tapped to lower other taxes and create jobs. But environmental taxes may also exact an excessive financial burden on...

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In The News
PolitiFact | Sep 09, 2019

Joint Program Co-Director John Reilly highlights need for more precise language (Politifact)

By Jon Greenberg on Friday, September 6th, 2019 at 2:38 p.m.

Near the end of her turn on CNN’s climate change town-hall-a-thon, host Chris Cuomo asked Sen. Elizabeth Warren about lightbulbs. Specifically, if the government should be telling people the kind of lightbulbs they can...

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Commentary
The Hill | Sep 06, 2019

Ongoing U.S. disengagement from global climate action poses significant risks at home and abroad

BY RICHARD RICHELS, HENRY JACOBY AND GARY YOHE, OPINION CONTRIBUTORS — 09/04/19 06:30 PM EDT  1,298

THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY CONTRIBUTORS ARE THEIR OWN AND NOT THE VIEW OF THE HILL

The Trump administration’s rejection of efforts to limit human influence on the global climate is not...

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Around Campus
MIT News | Aug 22, 2019

When the Hajj comes in summertime, in some years it may not be safe for participants to remain outdoors

For the world’s estimated 1.8 billion Muslims — roughly one-quarter of the world population — making a pilgrimage to Mecca is considered a religious duty that must be performed at least once in a lifetime, if health and finances permit. The ritual, known as the Hajj, includes about five days of...

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In The News
Axios | Aug 20, 2019

CEEPR study makes extensive use of Joint Program's EPPA model (Axios) (Additional coverage: E&E News)

Even "modest" carbon taxes, like those seen in the chart above, would cut emissions as much as the Obama-era vehicle and power plant rules that President Trump is abandoning, an MIT economist found in a new working paper.

Why it matters: The results "underscore the economic power of a...

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In The News
Axios | Aug 13, 2019

Study shows that health savings exceed costs of maintaining or strengthening renewables policies (Axios) (Additional coverage: The Verge, CleanTechnica)

 

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

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News Release
MIT News | Aug 12, 2019
Health savings exceed policy costs

Amid rollbacks of the Clean Power Plan and other environmental regulations at the federal level, several U.S. states, cities and towns have resolved to take matters into their own hands and implement policies to promote renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  One popular approach...

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In The News
Quartz | Aug 09, 2019

MIT Joint Program study explains why (Quartz) 

Putting a price on coal use is a cheaper way to lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions than India’s current policy of inducing states to buy electricity from renewable sources.

India’s newest renewable purchase obligations (RPOs), set by the national government last year, mandate power...

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News Brief
Jul 29, 2019
Unexpected ozone-depleting emissions could delay recovery years to decades

The stratospheric ozone layer, which protects us from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation, has recovered considerably from past depletion since the implementation of the Montreal Protocol in 1987 and subsequent amendments, which phased out the production and consumption of major ozone-depleting...

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In The News
Scientific American | Jul 26, 2019

China’s move away from fossil fuels would mean 2,000 fewer premature deaths in the U.S. by 2030 (Scientific American)

By John Fialka, E&E News on July 26, 2019

China's pledge to cut its carbon dioxide emissions beginning in 2030 includes a generous gift for its downwind neighbors: less deadly air pollution.

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