A controllable membrane to pull carbon dioxide out of exhaust streams

Electrically switchable system could continuously separate gases without the need for moving parts or wasted space.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 16, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: sustainability climate-change energy environment carbon greenhouse-gases emissions research school-of-engineering mit-energy-initiative-mitei chemical-engineering

MIT researchers highlight the impacts of logjams in river restoration projects

New analysis can help scientists and engineers better assess flood risk and habitat creation associated with restoration efforts.

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering • mit
Sept. 25, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: climate-change environment research school-of-engineering civil-and-environmental-engineering

Study: A plunge in incoming sunlight may have triggered “Snowball Earths”

Findings also suggest exoplanets lying within habitable zones may be susceptible to ice ages.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
July 29, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: mathematics exoplanets geology climate-change environment climate research school-of-science planetary-science eaps earth-and-atmospheric-sciences

Decarbonize and diversify

How energy-intensive economies can survive and thrive as the globe ramps up climate action.

Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change • mit
July 15, 2020 ~4 min

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A new approach to carbon capture

Researchers design an effective treatment for both exhaust and ambient air.

Nancy W. Stauffer | MIT Energy Initiative • mit
July 9, 2020 ~15 min

Tags: sustainability energy environment climate pollution startups carbon greenhouse-gases emissions research carbon-nanotubes school-of-engineering innovation-and-entrepreneurship-ie alumniae mit-energy-initiative chemical-engineering

Tiny sand grains trigger massive glacial surges

New model answers longstanding question of how these sudden flows happen; may expand understanding of Antarctic ice sheets.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
June 12, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: geology environment climate nasa research school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf eaps earth-and-atmospheric-sciences fluid-dynamics

Study: Reflecting sunlight to cool the planet will cause other global changes

Solar geoengineering proposals will weaken extratropical storm tracks in both hemispheres, scientists find.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
June 2, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: climate-change environment climate nasa research school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf eaps earth-and-atmospheric-sciences

Machine learning helps map global ocean communities

An MIT-developed technique could aid in tracking the ocean’s health and productivity.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
May 29, 2020 ~8 min

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