Taking the pulse of local politics

Asya Magazinnik finds disparate implementation of national policies in jurisdictions across the United States.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Political Science • mit
Nov. 19, 2020 ~8 min

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Net-zero carbon emissions won't be sustainable if social inequalities aren't addressed

The effects of climate change and mitigation are not just unequal between countries but also within countries.

Tom Pegram, Associate Professor in Global Governance and Deputy Director of UCL Global Governance Institute, UCL • conversation
Oct. 23, 2020 ~8 min

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The risk of preterm birth rises near gas flaring, reflecting deep-rooted environmental injustices in rural America

A study shows that low-income communities and communities of color are bearing the brunt of the energy industry's pollution in the region. The risks also extend to the unborn.

Lara Cushing, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, Fielding School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles • conversation
Aug. 20, 2020 ~8 min

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City compost programs turn garbage into 'black gold' that boosts food security and social justice

Turning food scraps and yard trimmings into compost improves soil, making it easier for people to grow their own food. City composting programs spread those benefits more widely.

Sue Ishaq, Assistant Professor of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, University of Maine • conversation
June 11, 2020 ~9 min

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Doctors can't treat COVID-19 effectively without recognizing the social justice aspects of health

While African Americans account for about 14% of the US population, they have accounted for about 60% of deaths from the virus. Several physicians offer an idea they think could help.

Ryan Huerto, Family Medicine Physician, Health Services Researcher and Clinical Lecturer, University of Michigan • conversation
June 3, 2020 ~8 min

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3Q: Ernest Moniz on the Vatican climate dialogue | MIT News

Professor emeritus and former U.S. energy secretary reflects on recent meeting with Pope Francis and energy and finance leaders.

MIT Energy Initiative • mit
June 12, 2018 ~4 min

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The task of history | MIT News

At community dialogue, MIT historians discuss the power of historical knowledge to make a better world.

School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences • mit
May 22, 2018 ~11 min

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J. Phillip Thompson named deputy mayor of New York City | MIT News

Appointment recognizes Thompson's expertise in urban politics and coalition building.

School of Architecture and Planning • mit
Feb. 28, 2018 ~3 min

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Defiance: Disobedience for the good of all | MIT News

MIT Media Lab summer event explores responsible dissent, embodied in its new Disobedience Award.

MIT Media Lab • mit
July 25, 2017 ~12 min

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