When fishing boats go dark at sea, they're often committing crimes – we mapped where it happens

Understanding when, where and why fishing vessels sometimes turn off their transponders is a key step toward curbing illegal fishing and other crimes on the high seas.

Heather Welch, Researcher in Ecosystem Dynamics, University of California, Santa Cruz • conversation
Dec. 21, 2022 ~9 min

Should we tax robots?

Study suggests a robot levy — but only a modest one — could help combat the effects of automation on income inequality in the U.S.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 21, 2022 ~7 min

What social media regulation could look like: Think of pipelines, not utilities

The US government regulates many industries, but social media companies don’t neatly fit existing regulatory templates. Systems that deliver energy may be the closest analog.

Theodore J. Kury, Director of Energy Studies, University of Florida • conversation
Dec. 15, 2022 ~9 min

Physician, heal thyself?

Research shows doctors and their families are less likely to follow guidelines about medicine. Why do the medically well-informed comply less often?

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 15, 2022 ~10 min

About one-third of the food Americans buy is wasted, hurting the climate and consumers' wallets

Reducing food waste at home is an action that anyone can take to help slow climate change, often saving money in the process. More consumer education could help show people what to do.

Brian E. Roe, Professor of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, The Ohio State University • conversation
Dec. 12, 2022 ~9 min

Our US$10 trillion global energy bill dwarfs what’s needed to limit global heating

We can be much better at exploiting finance and economics to tackle climate change.

Stephen Peake, Professor of Climate Change and Energy, The Open University • conversation
Nov. 28, 2022 ~6 min

Is the digital dollar the future of money?

With the US considering a digital currency, an expert explains how it could help consumers and businesses and concerns the idea raises.

Heather Stephenson-Tufts • futurity
Nov. 22, 2022 ~14 min

Study: Automation drives income inequality

New data suggest most of the growth in the wage gap since 1980 comes from automation displacing less-educated workers.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News • mit
Nov. 21, 2022 ~8 min

The inconvenient truth of Herman Daly: There is no economy without environment

With a square and a circle, the father of ecological economics and a founding architect of sustainable development redrew our understanding of the economy. It was revolutionary.

Jon D. Erickson, Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy, University of Vermont • conversation
Nov. 10, 2022 ~9 min

What long-term economic stagnation means for climate change

Decarbonisation is not impossible, but it will be difficult to achieve through capitalism.

Jack Copley, Assistant Professor in International Political Economy, Durham University • conversation
Oct. 28, 2022 ~7 min