Pathways to a low-carbon future

A new study looks at how the global energy mix could change over the next 20 years.

Mark Dwortzan | Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change • mit
Jan. 9, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: climate-change energy environment climate pollution policy greenhouse-gases emissions research renewable-energy mit-energy-initiative alternative-energy joint-program-on-the-science-and-policy-of-global-change

The uncertain role of natural gas in the transition to clean energy

MIT study finds that challenges in measuring and mitigating leakage of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, prove pivotal.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 16, 2019 ~9 min

Tags: sustainability climate-change energy solar economics policy greenhouse-gases emissions research renewable-energy technology-and-society idss mit-energy-initiative alternative-energy oil-and-gas esi

Taking the carbon out of construction with engineered wood

Substituting lumber for materials such as cement and steel could cut building emissions and costs.

Mark Dwortzan | Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change • mit
Dec. 11, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: sustainability climate-change energy environment climate economics policy carbon-dioxide greenhouse-gases emissions research materials-science-and-engineering joint-program-on-the-science-and-policy-of-global-change building cement

How biomarkers can record and reconstruct climate trends

Scientists reveal the genes and proteins controlling the chemical structure of a paleoclimate biomarker.

Fatima Husain | EAPS • mit
Dec. 4, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: dna evolution genetics geology climate-change climate bacteria biology microbes research school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf eaps department-of-energy-doe ocean-science earth-and-atmospheric-sciences

Continuing a legacy of Antarctic exploration

The Summons Lab compares lipids from Antarctic microbial communities to century-old samples.

Fatima Husain | EAPS • mit
Nov. 22, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: evolution genetics geology climate-change environment climate bacteria biology ecology animals microbes research school-of-science eaps earth-and-atmospheric-sciences

Microbial cooperation at the micron scale impacts biodegradation

MIT researchers demonstrate how often-ignored microbial interactions have a significant impact on the biodegradation of complex materials.

Maria Iacobo | Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering • mit
Nov. 15, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: climate-change carbon biology ecology microbes research school-of-engineering civil-and-environmental-engineering

MIT report provides guidance on climate-related financial disclosures

Recommendations could help companies deliver more useful disclosures to investors on risks they face due to climate change.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 6, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: sustainability climate-change environment climate industry policy carbon-dioxide greenhouse-gases emissions research sloan-school-of-management mit-energy-initiative oil-and-gas

J-WAFS zeroes in on food security as agricultural impacts of the climate crisis become more apparent

The Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab presents a new report on climate, agriculture, water, and food security — with plans for more research.

Andi Sutton | Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab • mit
Oct. 30, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: sustainability climate-change agriculture food water research j-wafs

MIT engineers develop a new way to remove carbon dioxide from air

The process could work on the gas at any concentrations, from power plant emissions to open air.

David Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 24, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: sustainability climate-change carbon carbon-dioxide greenhouse-gases emissions research carbon-nanotubes school-of-engineering nanoscience-and-nanotechnology chemical-engineering

Antarctic ice cliffs may not contribute to sea-level rise as much as predicted

Study finds even the tallest ice cliffs should support their own weight rather than collapsing catastrophically.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 21, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change environment climate global-warming research school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf eaps earth-and-atmospheric-sciences fluid-dynamics

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