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 | Nov. 15, 2019 | mit
~3 mins   

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

New tools could improve the way cement seals oil wells

Techniques for observing concrete as it sets could facilitate the development of new cements.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Nov. 12, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: civil-and-environmental-engineering environment materials-science-and-engineering research school-of-engineering sustainability oil-and-gas emissions

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 | Nov. 6, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

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


Collision course: a geological mystery in the Himalayas

MIT geologists use paleomagnetism to determine the chain of events that resulted in the Himalayan mountains, with the support of MISTI-India.

Fernanda Ferreira | School of Science | Oct. 28, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: eaps misti environment geology planetary-science plate-tectonics climate research students school-of-science school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences

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 | Oct. 21, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

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

Engineers put Leonardo da Vinci’s bridge design to the test

Proposed bridge would have been the world’s longest at the time; new analysis shows it would have worked.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Oct. 9, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: civil-and-environmental-engineering materials-science-and-engineering school-of-engineering architecture history school-of-architecture-and-planning research 3-d-printing

Tracing the origins of air pollutants in India

MIT researchers employ low-cost sensors to detect and track the origins of air pollutants in India.

Fatima Husain | Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering | Sept. 30, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: civil-and-environmental-engineering chemical-engineering school-of-engineering emissions environment india research

Greener and fairer: Balancing pollution, energy prices, and household income

New research looks at how environmental taxes can work for everyone, in Spain and beyond.

Mark Dwortzan | Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change | Sept. 25, 2019 | mit
~4 mins   

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

New approach suggests path to emissions-free cement

MIT researchers find a way to eliminate carbon emissions from cement production — a major global source of greenhouse gases.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Sept. 16, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: cement research school-of-engineering materials-science-and-engineering dmse civil-and-environmental-engineering energy emissions sustainability cities concrete climate-change greenhouse-gases manufacturing

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