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News Release
Sep 29, 2020
Aggressive climate policy could boost EV market share, halve roadway emissions by 2050

The electrification of private cars and light trucks—the vast majority of which are now powered by internal combustion engines (ICEs)—will be critical to efforts to keep global warming well below 2°C or 1.5°C, the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement. Replacing today’s fleet of gasoline and...

News Release
Sep 17, 2020
Collaboration to advance science-based financial decision-making

Cambridge, Mass., September 17, 2020—Recognizing the critical value of scientific research and risk and policy analysis to its financial management strategy, V-Square Quantitative Management (VSQM) has joined the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change as a program sponsor....

News Release
Sep 15, 2020
Cheap shale gas could prolong energy transition

According to the United States Energy Information Agency, a boom in shale gas extraction led to a dramatic decline in coal use in the U.S. power sector within a single decade. Between 2007 and 2016, the nation’s coal-fired generation and consumption fell by nearly 40 percent, replaced largely by...

In The News
PV Magazine | Sep 08, 2020

Taking Russia as an example, an MIT study has examined the likely impact on oil, gas and coal exports and the opportunities the energy transition could offer (PV Magazine)

For fossil fuel-dependent economies, the energy transition raises a lot of questions. With many nations starting to work towards ambitious 2030 and mid-century decarbonization targets, in line with the goals of the Paris agreement, countries which have built their economies around fossil fuel...

Yale Climate Connections | Sep 08, 2020

Journalists, moderators and the public have an important opportunity to question the presidential and vice presidential candidates in the upcoming TV debates

By Gary Yohe, Henry Jacoby, Ben Santer, and Richard Richels | Friday, September 4, 2020

Three debates between the presidential candidates and one between the vice presidential candidates are scheduled before Americans vote for the next U.S. President on November 3.

Nature Communications | Aug 28, 2020

The Montreal Protocol has begun to heal the Antarctic ozone hole, but recent research shows that new unexpected emissions are undermining the Protocol’s success

In The News
Slate | Aug 21, 2020

A fight over the world’s longest river is a preview of climate change diplomacy

The Book of Genesis describes the pharaoh of Egypt having two dreams: one in which he is standing by the Nile and sees seven fat cows devoured by seven thin cows, and one in which...

News Release

Joint Program Deputy Director Sergey Paltsev and Research Scientist Jennifer Morris among MIT researchers sharing expertise

MIT and Wyoming Explore Energy and Climate Solutions

Members of Wyoming’s government and public university met with MIT researchers to discuss climate-friendly economic growth.

Around Campus
MIT News | Jul 30, 2020

The King Climate Action Initiative at J-PAL will develop large-scale climate-response programs for some of the world’s most vulnerable populations

With a founding $25 million gift from King Philanthropies, MIT’s Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) is launching a new initiative to solve problems at the nexus of climate change and global poverty.

The new program, the King Climate Action Initiative (K-CAI), was announced...

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Around Campus
MIT News | Jul 23, 2020

An MIT-wide search for ideas "that offer the most effective levers for rapid, large-scale change"