10 years after Fukushima, safety is still nuclear power's greatest challenge

On the 10th anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, two experts explain why human choices are more important to nuclear safety than technology, and why the job is far from finished.

Najmedin Meshkati, Professor of Engineering and International Relations, University of Southern California • conversation
March 5, 2021 ~12 min

The science behind frozen wind turbines – and how to keep them spinning through the winter

Wind turbines in cold areas typically include methods for removing and repelling ice, but those methods can waste energy. There's a better way.

Hui Hu, Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Iowa State University • conversation
March 4, 2021 ~9 min

How to reduce the environmental impact of your next virtual meeting

Study uncovers overlooked environmental impacts of internet use by estimating associated carbon, land, and water footprints.

Kelley Travers | MIT Energy Initiative • mit
March 4, 2021 ~9 min

Blue economy: how a handful of companies reap most of the benefits in multi-billion ocean industries

As few as 100 companies produced 60% of revenues in eight ocean industries in 2018.

Jean-Baptiste Jouffray, Postdoctoral Researcher in Sustainability Science, Stockholm University • conversation
March 1, 2021 ~7 min

Nuclear fusion: building a star on Earth is hard, which is why we need better materials

Building a mini star on Earth, and holding it together inside a reactor, is not an easy task.

Aneeqa Khan, Research Fellow in Fusion, Manchester University • conversation
March 1, 2021 ~7 min

Inside the Ocean 100 – small group of wealthy sea-based companies worth as much as Mexico

As few as 100 companies produced 60% of revenues in eight ocean industries in 2018.

Jean-Baptiste Jouffray, Postdoctoral Researcher in Marine Ecology, Stockholm University • conversation
March 1, 2021 ~7 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

An aggressive market-driven model for US fusion power development

National Academies study says fusion can help decarbonize US energy, calls for public-private approach to pilot plant operation by 2035-40.

Peter Dunn | Plasma Science and Fusion Center • mit
Feb. 24, 2021 ~9 min

Researchers improve efficiency of next-generation solar cell material

Reducing internal losses could pave the way to low-cost perovskite-based photovoltaics that match silicon cells’ output.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 24, 2021 ~9 min

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