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MIT News | Sep 06, 2018

To curb greenhouse gas emissions, nations, states, and cities should aim for a mix of fuel-saving, flexible, and highly reliable sources

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office  September 6, 2018

In major legislation passed at the end of August, California committed to creating a 100 percent carbon-free electricity grid — once again leading other nations, states, and cities in setting aggressive policies for slashing...

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MIT News | Sep 04, 2018

Findings suggest new policy models and cost-cutting technologies could help nuclear play vital role in climate solutions

Francesca McCaffrey | MIT Energy Initiative  September 4, 2018

How can the world achieve the deep carbon emissions reductions that are necessary to slow or reverse the impacts of climate change? The authors of a new MIT study say that unless nuclear energy is meaningfully incorporated...

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MIT News | Aug 24, 2018

Selin will spearhead the master's program for students whose research addresses societal challenges at the intersection of technology and policy

Scott Murray | Institute for Data, Systems, and Society  August 24, 2018

Noelle Selin, an associate professor with a joint appointment in the MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS) and the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), has been appointed the...

Huffington Post (Canada) | Aug 10, 2018

Joint Program study cited in Huffington Post (Canada) blog

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MIT News | Jul 31, 2018

One of the world’s most densely populated regions may push the boundaries of habitability by the end of this century, study finds

A region that holds one of the biggest concentrations of people on Earth could be pushing against the boundaries of habitability by the latter part of this century, a new study shows.

Jul 30, 2018
MIT Joint Program faculty affiliate Richard Schmalensee presents roadmap for decarbonization and climate stabilization

To avoid the most serious and permanent damage from climate change, from catastrophic sea-level rise to devastating droughts, and do so at the least cost, the world will need to reduce net human-caused carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions to zero ASAP. Getting to net-zero emissions in a timely manner...

News Brief
Jul 25, 2018
Results from the latest version of MESM compare favorably with those produced by more computationally intensive models

The future of the Earth’s energy, water and land resources will depend, in part, on how the climate will change in coming decades. To generate meaningful projections of global climate change, one must take into account two major sources of uncertainty—first, in the level of external forcings to...

News Release
MIT News | Jul 24, 2018
MIT Joint Program researchers assess impact of Paris climate commitments on a national economy

On first glance, it could be a tall order for Turkey to fulfill its Paris Agreement pledge, which targets a reduction in the nation’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 21 percent in 2030 below business-as-usual levels. Fossil fuels comprise nearly all of Turkey’s energy mix, and low-carbon...

Nature | Jul 18, 2018

Applying carbon charges, not trade tariffs, to imports would bolster the Paris Agreement, argue Michael Mehling and colleagues. (Nature) [Coverage: Inside Climate News]

Two huge multilateral issues — free trade and climate change — top policymakers’ agendas in 2018. This offers a chance to couple them.

More and more countries are shielding domestic producers from foreign competition — a process known as protectionism. Since January, US President Donald...

In The News
Knowledge@Wharton | Jul 03, 2018

Joint Program faculty affiliate Valerie Karplus and experts at Duke and Wharton discuss her new study on environmental regulation compliance in China

A new paper published earlier this month by the National Academy of Sciences has found a patchy and troubling record for coal-fired power plants in China in their compliance with the country’s anti-pollution laws. It found inconsistencies between pollution data recorded by plant-level continuous...