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MIT EAPS | Jun 30, 2022

With over 200 published papers, multiple books, and countless media appearances, Emanuel’s 41 years at MIT have been marked by influential research into hurricane formation and climate change outreach

Kerry Emanuel once joked that whenever he retired, he would start a “hurricane safari” so other people could experience what it’s like to fly into the eye of a hurricane.

“All of a sudden, the turbulence stops, the sun comes out, bright sunshine, and it's amazingly calm. And you're in...

News Release
Jun 29, 2022
Study highlights pathways to cut emissions, lower climate and health risks

The world’s third largest carbon emitter after China and the U.S., India ranks seventh in a major climate risk index. Unless India, along with the nearly 200 other signatory nations of the Paris Agreement, takes aggressive action to keep global warming well below two degrees Celsius relative to...

The Conversation | Jun 21, 2022

MIT Joint Program Co-Director Emeritus John Reilly lays out 'doable and affordable' policy roadmap (The Conversation) (Republished in MarketWatch and Fast Company)

Here’s how to meet Biden’s 2030 climate goals and dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions – with today’s technology

Published: June 21, 2022 7.49am EDT

Around Campus

MIT research highlights the opportunity to rethink global air quality guidelines

Alongside climate change, air pollution is one of the biggest environmental threats to human health. Tiny particles known as particulate matter or PM2.5 (named for their diameter of just 2.5 micrometers or less) are a particularly hazardous type of pollutant. These particles are produced from a...

News Release
Jun 08, 2022
MIT seminar explores economic feasibility of technology that could play a key role in the energy transition

Direct air capture (DAC) technologies extract carbon dioxide (CO2) directly from the atmosphere. DAC and other carbon-removal technologies may play a key role in global and national efforts to achieve net-zero emissions economies in which the amount of CO2 released into the atmosphere is...

Jun 08, 2022

Seminar explores economic feasibility of technology that could play a key role in the energy transition

In The News
WBUR | Jun 08, 2022

To put global climate modeling at the fingertips of local decision-makers, some scientists think it’s time to rethink the system from scratch. Five Joint Program-affiliated researchers will help advance an MIT Climate Grand Challenges flagship project to do just that. (WBUR)

MIT has selected five winners in its inaugural "Climate Grand Challenge," including one researcher who used a massive amount of data to model the world, creating a digital twin of Earth that could help scientists predict how climate change will affect us.

News Release
May 27, 2022
Study lays out roadmap to reach 2030 U.S. climate target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50 percent (Coverage: Washington Post, E&E News)

The latest United Nations IPCC Reports describe how limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels can avert the worst impacts of climate change. That will require global emissions to drop by roughly half over the next decade and reach net-zero emissions near...

In The News

In the United Nations Climate blog Electric Future, MIT Joint Program Deputy Director Sergey Paltsev highlights challenges in making EVs truly emissions-free (UNFCCC)

Believe it or not, if you had been walking through Manhattan in 1900, there is a good chance you would have seen an electric car. Roughly one third of cars on the road in New York back then were electric, while the city’s taxi fleet had thirty electric vehicles (EVs). It was to be a brief heyday...