An Op-Ed from MIT President Rafael Reif on the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day (Boston Globe)
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
The Boston Globe
The coronavirus pandemic contains an encouraging surprise. If we can take the right lessons from the crisis, we will find ourselves better prepared to tackle the health of our fevered planet.
A commentary by Joint Program faculty affiliate Valerie Karplus (Foreign Affairs)
or 30 years, diplomats and policymakers have called for decisive action on climate change—and for 30 years, the climate crisis has grown worse. There are a multitude of reasons for this failure. The benefits of climate action lie mostly in the future, they are diffuse and hard to pin down, and...
The Covid-19 pandemic could be a dry run for future impacts of climate change, with challenging and unprecedented situations requiring rapid and aggressive responses worldwide. A proactive approach to climate change aimed at minimizing such impacts will inevitably involve significant cuts in...
Recovering and safely destroying the sources of these chemicals could speed ozone recovery and reduce climate change
Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office March 17, 2020
RESEARCH BRIEF Two-Way Trade in Green Electrons: Deep Decarbonization of the Northeastern U.S. and the Role of Canadian Hydropower Emil Dimanchev, Joshua Hodge, and John Parsons Meeting climate policy targets in the U.S. Northeast will likely require the nearly complete decarbonization of...
Speakers at MIT climate symposium outline the steps needed to achieve global carbon neutrality by midcentury
David Chandler | MIT News Office February 27, 2020
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation today unveiled that a proactive climate resilience system co-developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and BRAC, a leading development organization, was one of the highest-scoring proposals, designated as the Top 100, in its...
Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office February 17, 2020
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Historically, the oceans have done much of the planet’s heavy lifting when it comes to sequestering carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Microscopic organisms known collectively as phytoplankton, which...
Residential and commercial emissions are now the leading cause of cross-state early deaths (New York Times) (More: CNN, Reuters, USA Today, Bloomberg, Boston Globe, Scientific American, USNWR, PopSci, Forbes)
By Henry Fountain
Feb. 12, 2020
Joint Program researchers call for ongoing investigation of, stricter controls on U.S. cross-state air pollution (The Conversation) (Republished in Salon)
Scientists estimate that each year in the U.S., outdoor air pollution shortens the lives of about 100,000 people by one to two decades.
As it turns out, much of this pollution originates not in a person’s own neighborhood, but up to hundreds or even thousands of miles away in neighboring...