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MIT News | Dec 02, 2022

Health benefits of using wind energy instead of fossil fuels could quadruple if the most polluting power plants are selected for dialing down, new study finds (MIT News) (Coverage: US News & World Report, HealthDay, The HIll, The Verge, Technology Review)

Nearly 10 percent of today’s electricity in the United States comes from wind power. The renewable energy source benefits climate, air quality, and public health by displacing emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants that would otherwise be produced by fossil-fuel-based power plants....

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MIT Open Documentary Lab | Dec 01, 2022

Inaugural WORLDING workshops matched world-class climate story teams with relevant labs and researchers across MIT (Open Documentary Lab)

Imagine entering a 3D virtual story world that’s a digital twin of an existing physical space but also doubles as a vessel to dream up speculative climate stories and collective designs. Then, those imagined worlds are translated back into concrete plans for our physical spaces.

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Delegates from MIT attended COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, where international climate negotiations went down to the wire (MIT Office of the Vice President for Research)

As the 2022 United Nations climate change conference, known as COP27, stretched into its final hours on Saturday, Nov. 19, it was uncertain what kind of agreement might emerge from two weeks of intensive international negotiations.

In the end, COP27 produced mixed results: on the one hand...

News Brief
Nov 18, 2022
Reducing methane emissions is the fastest way to lower global temperatures in the near term

On November 17 at the 27th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP27) in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change Deputy Director/MIT Energy Initiative Senior Research Scientist Sergey Paltsev delivered a keynote presentation on the importance...

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MIT Energy Inititiative | Nov 16, 2022

MIT Energy Initiative deputy director takes stock of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the Inflation Reduction Act, and their potential impacts on the energy transition (MIT Energy Initiative)

This month, the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) takes place in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, bringing together governments, experts, journalists, industry, and civil society to discuss climate action to enable countries to collectively sharply limit anthropogenic climate change...

News Release
MIT News | Nov 14, 2022
Study shows how small-scale actions could improve air quality and health outcomes

To clear the way for planting wheat in November, a farmer in Punjab, India sets aflame the left-over straw, or stubble, of a harvested rice paddy crop in October. The burning residue fills the air with carbon monoxide, ozone and fine particulate matter (PM2.5) that will make it harder to breathe...

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MIT Energy Inititiative | Nov 10, 2022

MIT Energy Initiative Annual Research Conference highlights both opportunities and obstacles in the race to a net-zero future (MIT Energy Initiative)

“The past six years have been the warmest on the planet, and our track record on climate change mitigation is drastically short of what it needs to be,” said Robert C. Armstrong, MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) director and the Chevron Professor of Chemical Engineering, introducing MITEI’s 15th...

In The News
Power Electronics News | Nov 06, 2022

Policymakers and manufacturers are working toward building new technologies to reduce the carbon footprint of cars (Power Electronics News)

In the wake of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Paris agreement) from global road transport, vehicle manufacturers are increasingly spending more and more on research and development of powertrain and fuel technologies. However, the reduction of GHG emissions from fuel and electricity...

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MIT News | Oct 21, 2022
New tool pinpoints policy combinations that maximize health benefits

As America’s largest investment to fight climate change, the Inflation Reduction Act positions the country to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 40 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.