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MIT Economics | Sep 30, 2022

Deeply respected advisor, educator, and mentor was a founding member of the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change and committed to helping others rise out of poverty (MIT Economics)

Richard “Dick” Eckaus, Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics, emeritus, in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Department of Economics, died on September 11, 2022, in Boston. He was 96 years old.

Eckaus was born in Kansas City, Missouri on April 30, 1926, the...

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MIT News | Sep 28, 2022

New position paper calls for getting stakeholders involved in wind power projects from the start

Wind power accounted for 8 percent of U.S. electricity consumption in 2020, and is growing rapidly in the country’s energy portfolio. But some projects, like the now-defunct Cape Wind proposal for offshore power in Massachusetts, have run aground due to local opposition. Are there ways to avoid...

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Climate Feedback | Sep 19, 2022

MIT Joint Program Deputy Director C. Adam Schlosser helps explain regional variations in warming (Climate Feedbacks)

If you’re even a casual consumer of climate news, you probably know that some parts of the globe are warming more rapidly than others. Scientists have known for years, for instance, that the Arctic is heating up at a faster clip than the global average, and recently, the region made...

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MIT News | Sep 13, 2022

The “Fast Forward” climate action plan laid out ambitious commitments. Now comes the harder part: making them happen (Related: 3Q on how MIT is working to reduce emissions on campus)

Under its “Fast Forward” climate action plan, which was announced in May 2021, MIT has set a goal of eliminating direct emissions from its campus by 2050. An important near-term milestone will be achieving net-zero emissions by 2026. Many other colleges and universities have set similar targets...

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National Observer | Sep 06, 2022

MIT Joint Program's John Reilly touts grasses as a more sustainable biofuel alternative than food crops (National Observer)

Parkland Corporation wants to build a renewable diesel facility at its existing refinery in Burnaby, B.C., and hopes federal dollars will help fund the project.

The company also plans to expand production at its co-processing facility in Burnaby, where canola oil and animal fats are mixed...

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Net Zero Investor | Sep 01, 2022

A new study has estimated that the global net present value (NPV) of stranded assets in fossil fuels could be $30.6tn under a scenario where net zero is achieved by 2050 (Net Zero Investor)


A stranded asset is a fossil fuel resource that cannot be burned, or infrastructure, such as power plants, that ceases to be used before the end of its anticipated economic lifetime.

The Hill | Aug 31, 2022

Commentary cites Joint Program Report on the climate mitigation potential of U.S. urban infrastructure albedo enhancement (The HIll)

Extreme heat is the deadliest natural hazard in the United States. 

Between 1992 and 2021, it killed an average of 148 people every year. In the same 30-year period, floods killed about 88 annually while hurricanes killed 45 yearly.

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Yahoo! | Aug 29, 2022

Extreme events are contributing to high prices, says MIT Joint Program Deputy Director Sergey Paltsev (Fortune, Yahoo!)

This summer across the U.S., Europe, and China, a historic heat wave and drought has turned mighty rivers into mudflats. Farmers have helplessly watched their valuable crops wilt in the fields. And hundreds of millions of people across the globe have had to huddle indoors, away from work, to...