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...
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...
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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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.
From transportation to farming to home heating to plastics, much of modern life is run on oil. But in April, when demand fell so sharply that the price of oil went negative for the first time in history, many wondered about the future of this ubiquitous commodity.
The financial community has become increasingly concerned with two types of threats to financial and economic systems driven by climate change and efforts to alleviate it: physical risk—exposure to climate and/or weather extremes, and transition risk—the potential for fossil fuel assets to lose...
How climate change can increase the likelihood of a pandemic and amplify its toll on humans (The Hill)
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Solar geoengineering proposals will weaken extratropical storm tracks in both hemispheres, scientists find
Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office June 2, 2020
How can the world combat the continued rise in global temperatures? How about shading the Earth from a portion of the sun’s heat by injecting the stratosphere with reflective aerosols? After all, volcanoes do essentially the same thing, albeit...
An MIT-developed technique could aid in tracking the ocean’s health and productivity
Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office May 29, 2020
On land, it’s fairly obvious where one ecological region ends and another begins, for instance at the boundary between a desert and savanna. In the ocean, much of life is microscopic and far more mobile, making it challenging for scientists to...
Joint Program Co-Director John Reilly and other experts on how the U.S. energy market has changed in the 2010s (MIT Energy Initiative)
John Reilly, senior lecturer, MIT Sloan School and co-director, Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change
Lisa Jacobson, president, Business Council for Sustainable Energy (@ljacobsonenergy)