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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...

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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...

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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.

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MIT Climate Portal | Oct 18, 2022

Yes: although electric cars' batteries make them more carbon-intensive to manufacture than gas cars, they more than make up for it by driving much cleaner under nearly any conditions. (MIT Climate Portal) (Additional Coverage: Travel Tomorrow)

Are electric vehicles definitely better for the climate than gas-powered cars? Yes: although electric cars' batteries make them more carbon-intensive to manufacture than gas cars, they more than make up for it by driving much cleaner under nearly any conditions.


October 13, 2022

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MIT News | Oct 11, 2022

Climate modeling shows that this summer’s devastating European heat wave may indeed be a harbinger of the future for that region (MIT News)

This year saw high-temperature records shattered across much of Europe, as crops withered in the fields due to widespread drought. Is this a harbinger of things to come as the Earth’s climate steadily warms up?

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MIT Climate Portal | Oct 07, 2022

Tripping the Earth's climate feedback loops could bring us rapid warming that would be hugely damaging in the near term. But over the longer term, our planet can regulate even truly gigantic changes to the atmosphere. (MIT Climate Portal)

October 4, 2022

The basic mechanics of climate change are familiar: Burning fossil fuels increases the amount of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, causing the planet to retain more heat. However, the climate system is complex, and changing the planet’s temperature can also...