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High school student Grace Lin with her award-winning research poster
News Brief
Mar 26, 2024
Her research nets first place award in Behavioral & Social Sciences category at Regeneron Westchester Science & Engineering Fair

According to a recent study in the journal Environmental Challenges, New England natural lands provide $88 billion per year in recreation-use value to U.S. citizens who partake in wildlife-related activities. Considering that the estimated cumulative federal and state contributions to land...

MIT Outdoor Days
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MIT News | Mar 22, 2024

This measure, developed by MIT researchers, reflects direct effects on people’s quality of life — and reveals significant global disparities (MIT News)

For most people, reading about the difference between a global average temperature rise of 1.5 C versus 2 C doesn’t conjure up a clear image of how their daily lives will actually be affected. So, researchers at MIT have come up with a different way of measuring and describing what global...

Mar 21, 2024
Sergey Paltsev at CERAWeek
News Brief
Mar 20, 2024
Deputy Director Sergey Paltsev speaks on the 1.5°C climate target and flying with hydrogen (Coverage: Houston Chronicle)

At the most recent United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai last December, negotiators from nearly 200 countries and regions remained committed to the Paris Agreement’s long-term goal of keeping global warming below 1.5°C.

Mar 19, 2024

Study highlights factors that could reduce climate risk


Photo: Illinois Wind Farm (Source: Flickr/Tom Shockey)
News Release
Mar 18, 2024
Study highlights factors that could reduce climate risk

Last year was the planet’s warmest on record, according to an analysis by scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. As climate change continues to raise the global average surface temperature, and demand for electricity along with it, are power grids across America...

Sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) is commonly used in electric power grids. This study quantifies China’s contribution to global SF6 emissions and locates their sources.
News Release
MIT News | Mar 13, 2024
Global warming potential of SF6 is more than 24,000 times that of carbon dioxide

To achieve the aspirational goal of the Paris Agreement on climate change—limiting the increase in global average surface temperature at 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels—will require its 196 signatories to dramatically reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Ask MIT Climate: Impact of restricting domestic fossil fuel production
In The News
MIT Climate Portal | Mar 10, 2024

Supply-side restrictions, like shutting down new oil wells or gas pipelines, tend to lead to more imports and minimal impacts on greenhouse gas emissions—unless paired with other policies that limit demand for fossil fuels (MIT Climate Portal)

Fossil fuels, and the greenhouse gases they produce, are creating a hotter, more unstable world for future generations. That’s why policymakers concerned about this change have focused on switching from fossil fuels to clean sources of energy—quickly, before our mounting climate pollution causes...

New MIT Climate Policy Center
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As part of the new Climate Project at MIT, the center will create and strengthen connections between leading climate researchers and policymakers (MIT Sloan School of Management) (Coverage: Boston Globe, Axios, MIT Technology Review)

Cambridge, MA, March 06, 2024 — The MIT Sloan School of Management is launching a new center aimed at providing evidence-based climate policy research to help inform and support local, state, national, and international policymakers.

2023 Annual Report of the MIT Joint Program
News Release
This public release of our Annual Report highlights 2023 progress, 2024 plans