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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...

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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.

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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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MIT News | Jul 23, 2020

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

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