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The Hill | Jul 20, 2020

The potential dire consequences of manipulating the Social Cost of Carbon (The HIll) 

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Featuring MIT Energy Initiative Senior Engineer/ Joint Program Affiliate Howard Herzog

This season, we’ve talked about alternative energy sources that don’t emit carbon dioxide -- but what if there was a way to continue using fossil fuels for energy without emitting CO2 into the atmosphere? In this episode of TILclimate (Today I Learned Climate), Dr. Howard Herzog and Professor...

News Brief
Jul 13, 2020
MIT webinar features presentations by Joint Program Deputy Director Sergey Paltsev and Founding Co-Director Emeritus Henry Jacoby.

The energy sector is facing unprecedented challenges, with the global Covid-19 pandemic complicating an already challenging transition toward a low-carbon future. One of the key elements in addressing both the current pandemic and climate change is with forward-looking collaborations in...

Scientific American | Jul 10, 2020

With COVID-19, as with climate, we need to explore a variety of possible futures in order to set policy

Between us, we have more than a century of experience in climate research, literature assessment, and scholarly support for domestic and international efforts to respond to environmental challenges. We have learned the value of rigorous scientific research, even when it challenges conventional...

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Decrease in clean energy investment could exacerbate health crisis

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., July 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- While the COVID-19 pandemic has reduced air pollution in the U.S., the longer-term impact on the environment is unclear.

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The World Bank | Jul 10, 2020

New World Bank book reviewed by MIT Joint Program Deputy Director Sergey Paltsev presents climate strategies for fossil-fuel dependent countries

Countries’ attempts to tackle climate change will depend on their circumstances and capabilities.  Among the most challenging, will be how fossil fuel–dependent countries (FFDCs) do so, given their economies are the

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MIT News | Jun 30, 2020
How energy-intensive economies can survive and thrive as the globe ramps up climate action

Today Russia’s economy depends heavily upon its abundant fossil fuel resources. Russia is one of the world’s largest exporters of fossil fuels, and a number of its key exporting industries—including metals, chemicals and fertilizers—draw on fossil resources. The nation also consumes fossil fuels...

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MIT Joint Program Deputy Director Sergey Paltsev helps decision-makers meet aggressive decarbonization goals (MIT Industrial Liaison Program)

The world has to decarbonize. “There is no question,” says Sergey Paltsev, deputy director of the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, senior research scientist at MIT Energy Initiative, and director of the Energy at Scale Center. What is currently debated...

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Petroleum Economist | Jun 18, 2020

The fuel may appear to be in terminal decline, but it remains the focus of Great Power competition, suggesting it is not dead yet (Petroleum Economist)

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Victor Kotsev

18 June 2020


Photo: Global climate models agree that the Mediterranean area will be significantly drier, potentially seeing 40 percent less precipitation during the winter rainy season in the already parched regions of the Middle East and North Africa. Source: MIT
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MIT News | Jun 17, 2020

MIT analysis uncovers the basis of the severe rainfall declines predicted by many models

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office June 17, 2020

Although global climate models vary in many ways, they agree on this: The Mediterranean region will be significantly drier in coming decades, potentially seeing 40 percent less precipitation during the winter rainy season.