India’s renewable energy targets could be even higher

India's ambitious target of 450 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity by 2030 could go even further, say three economists.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
March 24, 2021 ~10 min

Study reveals plunge in lithium-ion battery costs

Analysis quantifies a dramatic price drop that parallels similar improvements in solar and wind energy, and shows further steep declines could be possible

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
March 23, 2021 ~9 min

How government can protect the supply chain from future crises

A new report offers recommendations for how to prevent the US supply chain from facing the same issues in the future that it has during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Angie Hunt-Iowa State • futurity
March 22, 2021 ~9 min

Selfish or selfless? Human nature means you're both

Cognitive neuroscientists use brain imaging and behavioral economic games to investigate people's sense of fairness. They find it's common to take care of yourself before looking out for others.

Jean Decety, Professor of Psychology, and Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Chicago • conversation
March 17, 2021 ~10 min

Global obsession with economic growth will increase risk of deadly pandemics in future

By continuing to privilege economic growth over environmental and social sustainability, we are taking huge risks with our future.

Julia Kreienkamp, Researcher at the Global Governance Institute, UCL • conversation
March 5, 2021 ~8 min

Your favorite fishing stream may be at high risk from climate change – here’s how to tell

Groundwater was once thought to buffer streams from warming, but an inexpensive new technique shows streams fed by shallow groundwater may be just as susceptible as those without.

Danielle Hare, Hydrogeologist, Graduate Research Assistant, University of Connecticut • conversation
March 4, 2021 ~6 min

Where the economy tanks, heart attack deaths rise

There's a link between uneven economic recovery after the Great Recession and deaths from heart attacks and stroke. What about after the pandemic downturn?

Sameed Khatana - Penn • futurity
March 1, 2021 ~6 min

What's really driving coal power's demise?

Contrary to popular belief, falling natural gas prices didn't accelerate coal power plant retirements. Here's what did.

Jeffrey York, Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
March 1, 2021 ~6 min

King Climate Action Initiative announces new research to test and scale climate solutions

Research is part of a $25 million effort to generate evidence on the real-world effectiveness of policies and programs at the intersection of poverty and climate change.

Sarah DiCioccio | Andrea Cristina Ruiz | Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) • mit
Feb. 25, 2021 ~10 min

Study: Covid-19 communications featuring racially diverse physicians can improve health outcomes for communities of color

Improved public health messaging to Black, Latinx, and other communities disproportionately impacted by the pandemic can increase Covid-19 knowledge and information-seeking.

J-PAL North America • mit
Feb. 22, 2021 ~4 min