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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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 | Dec. 16, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

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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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Understanding the impact of deep-sea mining

Mining materials from the sea floor could help secure a low-carbon future, but researchers are racing to understand the environmental effects.

Mary Beth Gallagher | Department of Mechanical Engineering | Dec. 5, 2019 | mit
~11 mins   

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Coated seeds may enable agriculture on marginal lands

A specialized silk covering could protect seeds from salinity while also providing fertilizer-generating microbes.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Nov. 25, 2019 | mit
~6 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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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   

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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   

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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 | Oct. 30, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

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System provides cooling with no electricity

Passive device relies on a layer of material that blocks incoming sunlight but lets heat radiate away.

David Chandler | MIT News Office | Oct. 30, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

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