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Science | May 11, 2018

MIT Joint Program faculty affiliate Noelle Selin authors a Policy Forum paper in the journal Science

The Minamata Convention on Mercury entered into force in August 2017, committing its currently 92 parties to take action to protect human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions and releases of mercury. But how can we tell whether the convention is achieving its...

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MIT News | May 04, 2018

International workshop proposes future directions for long-standing conflict

Stephanie M. McPherson | Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering  May 4, 2018

An international workshop at MIT proposed a new path toward resolving the seemingly intractable conflict over allocation of the Nile waters. In two days characterized by frankness, representatives from...

In The News
CNN | May 03, 2018

Joint Program Senior Research Scientist Chien Wang awarded grant focused on the role of aerosols in the climate

By Sophie Tatum, CNN

Updated 4:20 PM ET, Wed May 2, 2018

Washington (CNN) - Six more US-based scientists have been selected to take part in French President Emmanuel Macron's call to "Make our Planet Great Again," which was announced in response to President Donald Trump pulling...

The Conversation | May 03, 2018
Study by Joint Program-affiliated researchers highlights need for mercury emissions-control policy

Mercury pollution is a problem usually associated with fish consumption. Pregnant women and children in many parts of the world are advised to eat fish low in mercury to protect against the adverse health impacts, including neurological damages, posed by a particularly toxic form of mercury,...

News Release
MIT News | May 03, 2018
Why reducing biomass burning is not enough

In recent years Southeast Asia has seen a significant increase in the intensity and frequency of haze events, or days in which visibility falls below 10 kilometers. Caused by airborne particulates known as aerosols, such low-visibility days reduce air quality and endanger human health. The main...

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MIT News | Apr 26, 2018
Combining art and science to envision the global food system under climate change

How might climate change alter the global food system by the year 2050? Will diets change to reflect a revamped agriculture designed to adapt to a warming world?

News Release • China Energy & Climate Project
MIT News | Apr 23, 2018
A 4 percent reduction per year in carbon dioxide emissions should net $339 billion in health savings in 2030, researchers estimate

A new MIT study reports that, if China follows through with its international pledge to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, every one of its provinces will experience benefits to air quality and human health, with associated monetary savings that could offset the total cost of implementing the...

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MIT News | Apr 18, 2018

Professor of mechanical engineering explains the importance of advancing internal combustion engines and offers his take on recent EPA rollbacks

Mary Beth O'Leary | Mechanical engineering  April 18, 2018

The future of the internal combustion engine, with some 2 billion in use in the world today, was a hot topic at last week’s Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) World Congress in Detroit. There, John Heywood, the Sun Jae...