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How effective are carbon trading systems are in reducing global emissions?
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MIT News | Feb 28, 2024

Can carbon trading systems reduce global emissions, or are they little more than greenwashing? Clear, enforceable standards may make the difference. (MIT News)

One of the most contentious issues faced at the 28th Conference of Parties (COP28) on climate change last December was a proposal for a U.N.-sanctioned market for trading carbon credits. Such a mechanism would allow nations and industries making slow progress in reducing their own carbon...

Wildfires in Southeast Asia significantly affect the moods of people in many neighboring countries
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MIT News | Feb 13, 2024

Research in Southeast Asia quantifies how much wildfire smoke hurts peoples’ moods; finds the effect is greater when fires originate in other countries (MIT News)

Wildfires in Southeast Asia significantly affect peoples’ moods, especially if the fires originate outside a person’s own country, according to a new study.

The study, which measures sentiment by analyzing large amounts of social media data, helps show the psychological toll of...

Researchers studied the impact of deforestation on the global mercury cycle.
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MIT News | Feb 12, 2024

Scientists quantify a previously overlooked driver of human-related mercury emissions (MIT News) (Coverage: WFXT(Fox)

About 10 percent of human-made mercury emissions into the atmosphere each year are the result of global deforestation, according to a new MIT study.

The world’s vegetation, from the Amazon rainforest to the savannahs of sub-Saharan Africa, acts as a sink that removes the toxic pollutant...

The Climate Project at MIT
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MIT News | Feb 08, 2024

Richard Lester describes an emerging new initiative that will back climate efforts at the Institute and find outside partnerships to drive actionable innovation (MIT News) (Related: Letter to the MIT Community)

MIT is preparing a major campus-wide effort to develop technological, behavioral, and policy solutions to some of the toughest problems now impeding an effective global climate response. The Climate Project at MIT, as the new enterprise is known, includes new arrangements for promoting cross-...

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
In The News | Feb 08, 2024

EV's higher manufacturing emissions are more than offset by their lower operational emissions, says MIT Joint Program Deputy Director Sergey Paltsev (


Electric Vehicles Contribute Fewer Emissions Than Gasoline-Powered Cars Over Their Lifetimes

By Catalina Jaramillo

Posted on February 7, 2024

The closing plenary at COP28
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MIT delegates share observations and insights from the largest-ever UN climate conference (MIT Office of the Vice President for Research) (Related: MIT Joint Program at COP28)

ith 85,000 delegates, the 2023 United Nations climate change conference, known as COP28, was the largest U.N. climate conference in history. It was held at the end of the hottest year in recorded history. And after 12 days of negotiations, from Nov. 30 to Dec. 12, it produced a decision that...

:A new map shows which U.S. counties have the highest concentration of jobs that could be affected by the transition to renewable energy, based on new research by Christopher Knittel, the George P. Shultz Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and Kailin Graham, of MIT’s Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research
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MIT News | Feb 06, 2024

A county-by-county study shows where the U.S. job market will evolve most during the move to clean energy (MIT News)

A new analysis by MIT researchers shows the places in the U.S. where jobs are most linked to fossil fuels. The research could help policymakers better identify and support areas affected over time by a switch to renewable energy.


While many of the places most potentially affected...

Donald Trump
The Hill | Jan 26, 2024

The climate consequences could be serious, MIT Joint Program Founding Co-Director Emeritus Henry Jacoby and co-authors warn (The Hill)

What might a second Trump presidency mean for Earth’s climate system?  

Our answer to this question is based on our own experiences in climate science. We routinely use observational data, theoretical understanding, and computer models to disentangle human and natural effects on global...

Susan Solomon wins VinFuture Award for Female Innovators
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The award recognizes Solomon’s contributions to understanding ozone depletion and the creation of the Montreal Protocol (MIT Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences)

Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Studies Susan Solomon has been awarded the 2023 VinFuture Award for Female Innovators.

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MIT Joint Program Deputy Director Sergey Paltsev describes climate risk drivers and how MIT researchers are forecasting their impacts on businesses (MIT Climate & Sustainability Consortium)

At the MIT Climate & Sustainability Consortium’s recent member meetings, member companies came together with the MIT community to share and amplify their brainpower and drive toward specificity when it comes to developing scalable solutions to climate change. This two-day event, held...