MIT students and postdocs advocate for increased federal support of scientific research on Capitol Hill

Students and postdocs from MIT's Science Policy Initiative meet with lawmakers on science-engineering-technology Congressional Visit Days 2022.

Science Policy Initiative • mit
May 12, 2022 ~3 min

MIT expands research collaboration with Commonwealth Fusion Systems to build net energy fusion machine, SPARC

New five-year agreement will support SPARC science, increase graduate students and postdocs, and support interdisciplinary work toward fusion power plants.

Plasma Science and Fusion Center • mit
May 10, 2022 ~6 min

The future of nuclear waste: what’s the plan and can it be safe?

Scientists have been working on a solution for decades.

Lewis Blackburn, EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellow in Materials Science, University of Sheffield • conversation
May 9, 2022 ~8 min

Team creates map for production of eco-friendly metals

New understanding of metal electrolysis could help optimize production of metals like lithium and iron.

Elizabeth A. Thomson | Materials Research Laboratory • mit
May 9, 2022 ~6 min

How treaties protecting fossil fuel investors could jeopardize global efforts to save the climate – and cost countries billions

A new study adds up the potential legal and financial risk countries could face from hundreds of agreements, like those under the Energy Charter Treaty.

Kyla Tienhaara, Canada Research Chair in Economy and Environment, Queen's University, Ontario • conversation
May 5, 2022 ~9 min

Allowing E15 fuel year-round won't increase sales very much, but it's a symbolic victory for corn ethanol advocates

Allowing the sale of gasoline that’s 15% ethanol year-round won’t have much impact on gas prices, but recent research shows that growing corn for fuel affects the climate – for the worse.

Aaron Smith, Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis • conversation
May 5, 2022 ~9 min

Relying on carbon capture to solve the climate crisis risks pushing our problems into the next generation's path

Research shows large-scale reliance on carbon capture risks postponing climate action too far into the future.

Neil Grant, PhD Candidate in Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London • conversation
May 4, 2022 ~8 min

Absent legislative victory, the president can still meet US climate goals

Study finds activating a Clean Air Act provision could deliver major climate, health, and economic benefits.

Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change • mit
May 3, 2022 ~5 min

Russia's weaponization of natural gas could backfire by destroying demand for it

Has Putin hurt Russia by jolting Europe’s shift away from fossil fuels into high gear?

Michael E. Webber, Josey Centennial Professor of Energy Resources, University of Texas at Austin • conversation
April 29, 2022 ~8 min

New Englanders support more offshore wind power – just don’t send it to New York

The regionalism that fuels the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry is also found in U.S. attitudes about energy production, a new study shows. That could have repercussions for the renewable energy transition.

Michael Ferguson, Assistant Professor in Recreation Management and Policy, University of New Hampshire • conversation
April 29, 2022 ~7 min