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News Release
MIT News | Aug 12, 2019
Health savings exceed policy costs

Amid rollbacks of the Clean Power Plan and other environmental regulations at the federal level, several U.S. states, cities and towns have resolved to take matters into their own hands and implement policies to promote renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  One popular approach...

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In The News
Quartz | Aug 09, 2019

MIT Joint Program study explains why (Quartz) 

Putting a price on coal use is a cheaper way to lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions than India’s current policy of inducing states to buy electricity from renewable sources.

India’s newest renewable purchase obligations (RPOs), set by the national government last year, mandate power...

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News Brief
Jul 29, 2019
Unexpected ozone-depleting emissions could delay recovery years to decades

The stratospheric ozone layer, which protects us from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation, has recovered considerably from past depletion since the implementation of the Montreal Protocol in 1987 and subsequent amendments, which phased out the production and consumption of major ozone-depleting...

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News Release
Jul 26, 2019
A win-win solution to reduce aviation CO2 emissions

Carbon dioxide emissions from aircraft are projected to triple between now and mid-century, even if substantial technology and operational improvements are implemented to make flying more energy efficient. Absent policy constraints, this explosive growth rate will use up a significant proportion...

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News Release
MIT News | Jul 24, 2019
How India could meet its climate targets while maintaining economic growth

India’s economy is booming, driving up electric power consumption to unprecedented levels. The nation’s installed electricity capacity, which increased fivefold in the past three decades, is expected to triple over the next 20 years. At the same time, India has committed to limiting its carbon...

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News Release
MIT News | Jul 22, 2019
Improved air quality could prevent nearly 2,000 premature deaths in the U.S.

Improved air quality can be a major bonus of climate mitigation policies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. By cutting air pollution levels in the country where emissions are produced, such policies can avoid significant numbers of premature deaths. But other nations downwind from the...

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In The News
The Hill | Jul 19, 2019

MIT Joint Program Founding Co-Director Henry Jacoby and co-authors argue for fair, realistic, streamlined proposals (The Hill)

BY RICHARD RICHELS, HENRY JACOBY AND GARY YOHE — 07/18/19 03:30 PM EDT 67

THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY CONTRIBUTORS ARE THEIR OWN AND NOT THE VIEW OF THE HILL

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News Release
Jul 17, 2019
How South Korea can meet its Paris climate pledge at low cost

South Korea’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to the Paris Agreement on climate centers on a pledge to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 37 percent in 2030 from levels projected for that year under business-as-usual policies. To reach that target, the government has launched two...

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News Brief

Study underscores critical role of region in global climate and land-use change

Future nitrogen availability has major impact on the fate of carbon sequestration in Northern Eurasia

 

Boreal forests in Northern Eurasia store vast amounts of carbon and play a major role in the planet’s carbon cycle, but that role is strongly...

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Commentary
Akron Beacon Journal  | Jun 30, 2019

Joint Program research shows economic benefits exceed policy costs (Akron Beacon Journal)

By Emil Dimanchev

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Residents in Ohio breathe air polluted by the region’s coal-fired power plants. Air pollution from power plants can lead to a number of adverse health effects, including lung cancer, stroke and heart attacks. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute...

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