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MIT News | Feb 10, 2021
Scientists observe reduction in emissions of banned ozone-depleting chemical after unexpected spike

A potent ozone-depleting chemical whose emissions unexpectedly spiked in recent years has quickly dropped back to much lower levels, putting the recovery of the stratospheric ozone layer back on track, according to a new study by scientists at MIT, the University of Bristol, and other...

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MIT News | Jan 28, 2021

The MIT Climate and Sustainability Consortium launches with 13 company members to work with MIT on innovation in climate and sustainability

Launched today, the MIT Climate and Sustainability Consortium (MCSC) convenes an alliance of leaders from a broad range of industries and aims to vastly accelerate large-scale, real-world implementation of solutions to address the threat of climate change. The MCSC unites similarly motivated,...

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MIT News | Jan 28, 2021

Former US energy secretary discusses opportunities and challenges with MITEI Director Robert Armstrong

Climate and energy are two key areas on the Biden-Harris Administration’s agenda. Here, Robert C. Armstrong, director of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI), asks Ernest J. Moniz — professor emeritus post-tenure, MITEI’s founding director, special advisor to MIT President Rafael Reif, and former U...

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MIT News | Jan 22, 2021

Pablo Jarillo-Herrero, Aviv Regev, Susan Solomon, and Feng Zhang are the recipients of distinguished awards for major contributions to science

Four MIT scientists are among the 20 recipients of the 2021 Academy Honors for major contributions to science, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) announced at its annual meeting. The individuals are recognized for their “extraordinary scientific achievements in a wide range of fields...

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MIT News | Jan 19, 2021
Study probes pandemic’s long-term effects on the global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Business closures. Travel restrictions. Working and learning from home. These and other dramatic responses to Covid-19 have caused sharp reductions in economic activity—and associated fossil fuel consumption—around the world. As a result, many nations are reporting significant reductions in...

News Brief
Jan 15, 2021
MIT Joint Program faculty affiliate Noelle Selin shares scientific perspective in Civic Series webinar

As the United States transitions from one administration bent on rolling back climate regulations to another that aims to accelerate climate action, it seems as good a time as any to take stock. What do scientists understand about today’s climate; how much worse are hurricanes, wildfires, heat...

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MIT News | Jan 15, 2021

Proposed design could reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 95 percent, a new study finds

At cruising altitude, airplanes emit a steady stream of nitrogen oxides into the atmosphere, where the chemicals can linger to produce ozone and fine particulates. Nitrogen oxides, or NOx, are a major source of air pollution and have been associated with asthma, respiratory disease, and...

The Guardian | Jan 05, 2021

The ‘carbon dividend’ is so elegant that it seems too good to be true. Governments should make it a post-pandemic priority

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Yale Climate Connections | Jan 05, 2021

Adding the essential but missing risk management considerations to the next national climate assessment is an important step for the incoming Biden administration

By Gary Yohe, Henry Jacoby, Richard Richels, and Benjamin Santer | Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Imagine a major climate change law passing the U.S. Congress unanimously? Don’t bother. It turns out that you don’t need to imagine it. Get this:

The Global Change Research Act of 1990 was passed...

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MIT News | Jan 04, 2021

Researchers identify a mechanism by which small particles in the atmosphere can generate more frequent thunderstorms

Observations of Earth’s atmosphere show that thunderstorms are often stronger in the presence of high concentrations of aerosols — airborne particles too small to see with the naked eye.

For instance, lightning flashes are more frequent along shipping routes, where freighters emit...