Tag: Climate Change

Making hydropower plants more sustainable

Growing up on a farm in Texas, there was always something for siblings Gia Schneider ’99 and Abe Schneider ’02, SM ’03 to do. But every Saturday at 2 p.m., no matter what, the family would go down to a local creek to fish, build rock dams and rope swings, and enjoy nature. Eventually the […]

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This Is What Happens When You Treat Fossil Fuels as a National Security Issue

Fossil fuel industry lobbyists argue that the U.S. must increase its exports to Europe of liquified natural gas, or LNG, to reduce European dependence on belligerent Russia. President Biden appears to agree, pledging in March to send an additional 15 billion cubic meters of LNG to Europe annually. This means that around a dozen new […]

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Confessions Of A Climate Convert

As my family can attest, admitting when I am wrong has never been easy for me; but I feel it is important that I share a recent, if rather late, realization I had. Before attending the Techonomy Climate event in March, I didn’t fully understand the scope and importance of the climate crisis. I am sharing […]

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Climate-Smart Farming Is a Lot Harder Than the Inflation Reduction Act Makes It Sound

This is indicative of what seems to be the bill’s approach to agriculture: shunting money to existing programs and to the Department of Agriculture. The largest pot of agriculture money allocated by the IRA—$20 billion—is being left to the USDA to spend as it sees fit on efforts that reduce greenhouse gases or “sequester” them […]

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The Inflation Reduction Act Will Reduce Emissions Too

These provisions will also be a boost for clean energy producers in general, as a recent report by the American Clean Power Association found that clean energy deployment decreased significantly in the second quarter of this year. “The entire clean energy industry just breathed an enormous sigh of relief. This is an 11th hour reprieve […]

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Why I’m Changing My Consumption—Even Though Climate Policy Is More Important Than Personal Choice

As always, McKibben is right on. And I think the list of small-on-their-own-but-zeitgeist-shifting-in-the-aggregate steps includes lifestyle choices, too. They don’t belong at the top of the list; if I had to choose between encouraging a friend to eat less meat or inviting them to a local climate activist group’s weekly meeting, I’m going to choose […]

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Manchin Does Smart Politics, for Once

While voters may not rank climate as highly as the economy among a list of concerns, Mildenberger doesn’t think that’s the most important metric. Asking about where climate lands in a ranked list, Mildenberger notes, obscures how popular climate policy can be when it is paired with improvements to working-class people’s lives, like affordable housing […]

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A Tiny Pennsylvania Town of 700 People Declared War on the Fracking Industry in 2014. They’re Finally Getting Their Day in Court.

One might expect Republican governors and legislators to champion home rule. As political theorist Theda Skocpol observes, it has historically been conservatives who pine for the purported golden era of Jefferson, “when local civic voluntarism solved the country’s problems apart from—actually instead of—extralocal government and politics.” So it’s deeply ironic that Republican politicians in ostensible […]

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Biden administration announces plans to plant one billion trees

The Biden administration on Monday outlined plans to plant 1 billion trees as part of efforts to address an extensive reforestation backlog.  The effort, spearheaded by the Department of Agriculture, will build on existing reforestation efforts using funds from the bipartisan infrastructure law and the bipartisan Repairing Existing Public Land by Adding Necessary Trees Act. […]

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165 Government Staffers Beg Biden to Do Something, Anything on Climate

On Monday, 165 staffers at federal health and environmental agencies as well as 75 Congressional offices published a letter calling on Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and President Joe Biden to act more aggressively on climate. “Every day you do not act, the climate crisis spirals further out of control. The coming days represent our […]

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Youth Athletes Enduring Extreme Heat An Overlooked Area Of Environmental Injustice Could Lead To Lawsuits

NewsOne Featured Video Youth athletes try to stay cool Source: MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via Getty Images / Getty At least 50 high school football players in the U.S. have died from heat stroke after falling ill on the field in the past 25 years. And youth athletes in other sports are not immune from the […]

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60 House lawmakers urge Biden to declare national climate emergency

Almost 60 House Democrats are calling on President Biden to declare a national climate emergency, a move they say would grant him additional powers to address climate change.   Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) and Earl Blumenauer (Ore.) led the signers in a letter addressed to Biden, arguing that the president should use the “full power” […]

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Biden’s Hesitance to Declare a Climate Emergency Is a Bad Sign

An emergency declaration doesn’t change the balance of forces in society so much as create a new contest over them. Will he, though? An emergency declaration expands the permission slip of things that Biden is able to do. It doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll do them. So far, the emergency stops the White House has been […]

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Will Biden Ever Use All His Power to Fight Climate Change?

An emergency declaration doesn’t change the balance of forces in society so much as create a new contest over them. Will he, though? An emergency declaration expands the permission slip of things that Biden is able to do. It doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll do them. So far, the emergency stops the White House has been […]

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Last Century’s Approach to Journalism Is Useless in a Climate Crisis

Suicide is often deemed a newsworthy event—the death of a celebrity, the use of self-immolation as a protest tactic, or new data on suicide rates nationally are all certain to receive some measure of coverage. But in cases where stories describe suicide methods, mass media coverage has led to a demonstrable increase in copycat deaths, […]

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What would declaring a national climate emergency do?

Facing mounting pressure to act on climate change and little hope of passing major legislation, President Biden may soon declare a national climate emergency. The White House has said that such a move won’t come this week, but is still on the table.  Experts told The Hill that declaring a national emergency could open up […]

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Biden labels climate change an ‘emergency,’ stopping short of declaration

President Biden labeled climate change as an “emergency” on Wednesday but stopped short of declaring a national emergency following pressure from climate advocates.  In a speech at a former coal plant in Somerset, Mass., Biden also pledged to take action to combat the threat of climate change after congressional action stalled.  “As president, I have […]

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White House says it won’t declare climate emergency this week

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Tuesday that President Biden won’t declare a climate emergency this week, but that doesn’t mean he won’t do it eventually.  “He’s going to take, as I said, additional climate actions in that vein tomorrow, and he’s going to continue — he’s not going to just stop with the […]

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Watching American Democracy Melt

Build Back Better’s death looks a little like a dry run: a prolonged, incomprehensible process where political leaders assure us a solution is right around the corner. Until the last minute last week, Democratic insiders on Capitol Hill thought Manchin’s demands—to greenlight new fossil fuel infrastructure and slash funding for electric vehicles, in exchange for […]

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Worried About the Climate? Join the Club—Literally.

Many people struggle with the first phase of collective action: picking a group. Some groups are for youth, some for elders. Some are more radical; others are more moderate. Some primarily focus on federal policy, and others work locally. Some mostly are seeking monetary donations, while others want volunteers and money. (Everyone wants money.) Giving […]

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Four researchers with MIT ties earn Schmidt Science Fellowships

Four researchers with MIT ties — Juncal Arbelaiz, Xiangkun (Elvis) Cao, Sandya Subramanian, and Hannah Zlotnick ’17 — have been honored with competitive Schmidt Science Fellowships. Created in 2017, the fellows program aims to bring together the world’s brightest minds “to solve society’s toughest challenges.” The four MIT-affiliated researchers are among 29 Schmidt Science Fellows […]

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How the Calvinball Supreme Court Upended the Bar Exam

What’s more, it raises fundamental questions about the meaning of “the rule of law” in America today. This concept has been a foundational premise (perhaps, in our own mythmaking at least, the foundational premise) of American government since our founding—that we are, as John Adams put it, “a government of laws, not of men.” The […]

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Found: One Oak Tree, Famously Missing

Instead, the group hopes to propagate or graft small sprouts they found at the base of the tree, and protect those offshoots in living collections at arboretums or botanical gardens. “That is going to be our insurance policy against extinction,” said Murphy Westwood, vice president of science and conservation at the Morton Arboretum, a partner […]

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The Amazon Rain Forest’s Future Is on the Ballot in Brazil

Some wonder whether Lula can afford to tackle that lobby head-on. Jean Marc Von Der Weid, a left-wing student leader in the late 1960s and early 1970s who became a prominent environmentalist in subsequent decades, wrote last month in the progressive outlet Outras Palavras that Lula should pick a fight with the most rapacious forces […]

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Charting the landscape at MIT

Norman Magnuson’s MIT career — culminating in his role as manager of grounds services in the Department of Facilities for the past 20 years — started in 1974 with a summer job. Fresh out of high school and unsure of his next step, Magnuson’s father, Norman Sr., a housing manager at MIT, encouraged him to […]

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Mitt Romney Is in Denial

On the question of undocumented immigration, Romney accuses liberals and the left of hiding their heads in the sand. “When TV news outlets broadcast video after video of people illegally crossing the nation’s southern border, many of us change the channel,” he writes. But Romney conveniently ignores the fact that it’s rampant nativism on the […]

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Getting the carbon out of India’s heavy industries

The world’s third largest carbon emitter after China and the United States, India ranks seventh in a major climate risk index. Unless India, along with the nearly 200 other signatory nations of the Paris Agreement, takes aggressive action to keep global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius relative to preindustrial levels, physical and financial losses […]

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The Supreme Court Appoints Itself to Be America’s Regulatory Czar

Although the EPA’s reading of “best system” was substantively accurate, and, indeed, essential to the agency’s assigned mission of cost-effectively and permanently bringing carbon dioxide emissions under control, Roberts disallowed the approach. This, he asserted, was because it ran afoul of something called the “major questions” doctrine. Revealingly, Roberts never defined precisely what he understood […]

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