How fast and under what conditions can the world scale up a new technology? Co-Director John Reilly distills the findings of a Joint Program study (T&D World)
Keeping global warming well below 2°C to avert the worst impacts of climate change will require a dramatic transformation of the global energy economy. To a large extent, this means scaling up entirely new, low-carbon technologies and industries, but just how fast can the world make that happen...
MIT’s vice president for research identifies three areas that show particular promise for climate action
MIT Resource Department April 22, 2020
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...