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Climate Feedback | Sep 19, 2022

MIT Joint Program Deputy Director C. Adam Schlosser helps explain regional variations in warming (Climate Feedbacks)

If you’re even a casual consumer of climate news, you probably know that some parts of the globe are warming more rapidly than others. Scientists have known for years, for instance, that the Arctic is heating up at a faster clip than the global average, and recently, the region made...

Around Campus
MIT News | Sep 13, 2022

The “Fast Forward” climate action plan laid out ambitious commitments. Now comes the harder part: making them happen (Related: 3Q on how MIT is working to reduce emissions on campus)

Under its “Fast Forward” climate action plan, which was announced in May 2021, MIT has set a goal of eliminating direct emissions from its campus by 2050. An important near-term milestone will be achieving net-zero emissions by 2026. Many other colleges and universities have set similar targets...

In The News
National Observer | Sep 06, 2022

MIT Joint Program's John Reilly touts grasses as a more sustainable biofuel alternative than food crops (National Observer)

Parkland Corporation wants to build a renewable diesel facility at its existing refinery in Burnaby, B.C., and hopes federal dollars will help fund the project.

The company also plans to expand production at its co-processing facility in Burnaby, where canola oil and animal fats are mixed...

In The News
Net Zero Investor | Sep 01, 2022

A new study has estimated that the global net present value (NPV) of stranded assets in fossil fuels could be $30.6tn under a scenario where net zero is achieved by 2050 (Net Zero Investor)


A stranded asset is a fossil fuel resource that cannot be burned, or infrastructure, such as power plants, that ceases to be used before the end of its anticipated economic lifetime.

The Hill | Aug 31, 2022

Commentary cites Joint Program Report on the climate mitigation potential of U.S. urban infrastructure albedo enhancement (The HIll)

Extreme heat is the deadliest natural hazard in the United States. 

Between 1992 and 2021, it killed an average of 148 people every year. In the same 30-year period, floods killed about 88 annually while hurricanes killed 45 yearly.

In The News
Yahoo! | Aug 29, 2022

Extreme events are contributing to high prices, says MIT Joint Program Deputy Director Sergey Paltsev (Fortune, Yahoo!)

This summer across the U.S., Europe, and China, a historic heat wave and drought has turned mighty rivers into mudflats. Farmers have helplessly watched their valuable crops wilt in the fields. And hundreds of millions of people across the globe have had to huddle indoors, away from work, to...

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MIT Technology Review | Aug 25, 2022

MIT is all about making the world a better place. This special report on the Climate Grand Challenges initiative looks at how the Institute’s problem solvers are stepping up to help save the planet from the devastating effects of global warming. (Technology Review)

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News Release
MIT News | Aug 15, 2022
Study estimates potential losses by 2050 amid low-carbon energy transition

A recent study in the journal Nature found that in order to avert the worst impacts of climate change, most of the world’s known fossil fuel reserves must remain untapped. According to the study, 90% of coal and nearly 60% of oil and natural gas must be kept in the ground in order to maintain a...

News Release

The Jameel Index for Food Trade and Vulnerability — a project supported by Community Jameel — will study the implications of climate change on food security as they relate to trade (J-WAFS)

Today the Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab (J-WAFS) at MIT announced a new research project, supported by Community Jameel, to tackle one of the most urgent crises facing the planet: food insecurity.

In The News
Washington Post | Aug 05, 2022

MIT's Noelle Selin and John Sterman comment on potential air quality and climate benefits (Washington Post)

Analysis by Chris Mooney

Staff writer

August 1, 2022 at 6:30 a.m. EDT