With campus as a test bed, climate action starts and continues at MIT

MIT serves as a laboratory for a multifaceted approach to address the Institute’s own contributions to climate change.

Nicole Morell | MIT Office of Sustainability • mit
Dec. 18, 2020 ~10 min

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To boost emissions reductions from electric vehicles, know when to charge

MIT researchers develop novel EV emissions model to quantify importance of vehicle charging patterns and impact of ambient temperature on EV emissions levels.

Kelley Travers | MIT Energy Initiative • mit
Dec. 17, 2020 ~8 min

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It takes a lot of energy for machines to learn – here's why AI is so power-hungry

Training neural networks burns through a lot of energy. As the AI field grows, it's working to keep its carbon foot print from growing with it.

Kate Saenko, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Boston University • conversation
Dec. 14, 2020 ~8 min

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Should you get a heat pump? Here's how they compare to a gas boiler

Heat pumps use electricity to transfer warmth from outside to inside a house.

Aurore Julien, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Design, University of East London • conversation
Dec. 8, 2020 ~7 min

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New research will use space telescopes to monitor energy efficiency of buildings

The University of Cambridge is one of 21 organisations awarded a share of over £7 million in funding meant to put the UK at the forefront of the latest

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Dec. 7, 2020 ~5 min

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Biden's ambitious energy plan faces headwinds, but can move the US forward

Joe Biden has sweeping plans for a clean energy revolution. Congress will be a big speed bump, but it can't block everything.

Scott L. Montgomery, Lecturer, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington • conversation
Nov. 23, 2020 ~9 min

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Cracking the secrets of an emerging branch of physics

In a new realm of materials, PhD student Thanh Nguyen uses neutrons to hunt for exotic properties that could power real-world applications.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
Nov. 20, 2020 ~8 min

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How 10 billion people could live well by 2050 – using as much energy as we did 60 years ago

Flattening inequality between and within countries could allow everyone a good standard of living within a liveable climate.

Joel Millward-Hopkins, Postdoctoral Researcher in Sustainability, University of Leeds • conversation
Oct. 5, 2020 ~7 min

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Looser standards for showerheads could send a lot of water and money down the drain

The Trump administration is trying to roll back a regulation that requires showerheads to conserve water and saves owners an average of $70 and nearly 3,000 gallons of water yearly per showerhead.

Robert Glennon, Regents Professor and Morris K. Udall Professor of Law & Public Policy, University of Arizona • conversation
Sept. 2, 2020 ~8 min

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Why zero-carbon homes must lead the green recovery from COVID-19

Building a greener economy starts at home.

Ranald Boydell, Visiting Lecturer in Sustainable Development, Heriot-Watt University • conversation
June 22, 2020 ~6 min

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