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Energy Futures | Dec 21, 2017

MIT Energy Futures: Why including non-carbon options is key

An analysis by MIT researchers shows that when electric power companies are planning to invest in new generating facilities but face the possibility of future limits on carbon emissions, they can reduce their long-term economic risk by having at least 20% of the new generation come from non-carbon...
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Study's co-authors, including MIT Joint Program-affiliated research scientist Stephanie Dutkiewicz, argue that ecosystem models should account for the diversity of diatoms to better predict the fate of these micro-algae and their role in the biological carbon pump of tomorrow's ocean

Helen Hill | EAPS News

Thursday, December 21, 2017

A review article involving Stephanie Dutkiewicz and Oliver Jahn suggests the diatoms have more diverse roles in carbon cycling than previously understood.

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Grist | Dec 21, 2017

Grist commentary cites Joint Program research assistant Emil Dimantchev's analysis of China's new carbon emissions trading system (Additional Coverage:

By Eric Holthaus on Dec 21, 2017 

This week, China announced it has launched a nationwide carbon-trading market, with the intent of slowing down its growing climate footprint and capping its emissions as soon as possible.

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Dec 21, 2017
MIT Joint Program workshop highlights pathways toward sustainable water resources

Critical to our ability to survive and thrive for generations to come is ongoing access to adequate supplies of clean, fresh water. For the foreseeable future, significant freshwater withdrawals will be needed for irrigation, thermal power plant cooling, and myriad industrial and residential...

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Dec 20, 2017
Valerie Karplus contributes to special issue of Economics of Energy & Environmental Policy focused on China’s emerging national carbon emissions trading system

On Tuesday, December 19, China announced its plans to launch a national carbon emissions trading system that initially covers the nation's power sector, with the goal of incenting power companies to reduce carbon emissions.  

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MIT News | Dec 18, 2017

MIT researchers focus on empathy, transparency, and empowerment at this year's United Nations Climate Change Conference

Emily Dahl | MIT Energy Initiative  December 18, 2017

At this year’s United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23), delegates from around the world worked on strategies to accelerate progress toward the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement — with or without the continued official...

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MIT News | Dec 18, 2017

MIT’s Janelle Knox-Hayes studies the cultural issues behind climate policy

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office  December 17, 2017

We have one planet, and many plans to keep it from getting too hot. Consider: There are more than 60 different greenhouse gas emissions pricing systems being used by countries and regions around the world, all intended to reduce the...

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MIT News | Dec 13, 2017

Two-day summit on climate leadership in northeastern North America draws almost 200 to MIT

Catherine Curro Caruso | MIT News correspondent  December 12, 2017

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MIT News | Nov 30, 2017
MIT study projects potential impact of climate change on large power transformers in U.S. Northeast

Nine of the ten biggest blackouts in U.S. history were caused by hurricanes, whose sustained winds knocked out power lines over broad geographical areas. Topping the list is Hurricane Maria, which in October disabled the electric grid in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, leaving the...

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MIT News | Nov 22, 2017

At an Environmental Solutions Initiative event, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse speaks about defending science and moving forward on climate action

Stephanie M. McPherson | Environmental Solutions Initiative  November 22, 2017

United States Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) spoke at MIT on Nov. 20 about efforts to deny the legitimacy of climate science and how such misinformation can be combated.