The complex effects of colonial rule in Indonesia

Evidence links Dutch-era sugar production and greater economic activity today.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office | Feb. 5, 2020 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: economics asia europe history research global school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences

Study: State-level adoption of renewable energy standards saves money and lives

MIT researchers review renewable energy and carbon pricing policies as states consider repealing or relaxing renewable portfolio standards.

Nancy W. Stauffer | MIT Energy Initiative | Jan. 22, 2020 | mit
~13 mins   

Tags: mit-energy-initiative eaps idss research emissions policy government school-of-science school-of-engineering joint-program-on-the-science-and-policy-of-global-change wind solar renewable-energy alternative-energy

Zeroing in on decarbonization

Wielding complex algorithms, nuclear science and engineering doctoral candidate Nestor Sepulveda spins out scenarios for combating climate change.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering | Jan. 15, 2020 | mit
~8 mins   

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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 | Jan. 9, 2020 | mit
~5 mins   

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

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 | Dec. 11, 2019 | mit
~4 mins   

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MIT Energy Initiative report charts pathways for sustainable personal transportation

Technological innovations, policies, and behavioral changes will all be needed to reach Paris climate agreement targets.

Kathryn Luu | MIT Energy Initiative | Nov. 19, 2019 | mit
~10 mins   

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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

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

Study: Climate change could pose danger for Muslim pilgrimage

When the Hajj comes in summertime, in some years it may not be safe for participants to remain outdoors.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Aug. 22, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

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