Tag: Climate Change

Climate modeling confirms historical records showing rise in hurricane activity

When forecasting how storms may change in the future, it helps to know something about their past. Judging from historical records dating back to the 1850s, hurricanes in the North Atlantic have become more frequent over the last 150 years. However, scientists have questioned whether this upward trend is a reflection of reality, or simply […]

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Scientists and musicians tackle climate change together

Audiences may travel long distances to see their favorite musical acts in concert or to attend large music festivals, which can add to their personal carbon footprint of emissions that are steadily warming the planet. But these same audiences, and the performers they follow, are often quite aware of the dangers of climate change and […]

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SMART researchers develop method for early detection of bacterial infection in crops

Researchers from the Disruptive and Sustainable Technologies for Agricultural Precision (DiSTAP) Interdisciplinary Research Group (IRG) ofSingapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), MIT’s research enterprise in Singapore, and their local collaborators from Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory (TLL), have developed a rapid Raman spectroscopy-based method for detecting and quantifying early bacterial infection in crops. The Raman […]

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Energy hackers give a glimpse of the postpandemic future

After going virtual in 2020, the MIT EnergyHack was back on campus last weekend in a brand-new hybrid format that saw teams participate both in person and virtually from across the globe. While the hybrid format presented new challenges to the organizing team, it also allowed for one of the most diverse and inspiring iterations […]

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Timber or steel? Study helps builders reduce carbon footprint of truss structures

Buildings are a big contributor to global warming, not just in their ongoing operations but in the materials used in their construction. Truss structures — those crisscross arrays of diagonal struts used throughout modern construction, in everything from antenna towers to support beams for large buildings — are typically made of steel or wood or […]

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America, Rediscover Thanksgiving’s Radical Past

In 1963, celebrating Northern Civil War victories and acknowledging the staggering sorrow and sacrifice of that conflict, President Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November as a day of Thanksgiving, inaugurating the current tradition. (Hale had written to Lincoln on the matter earlier that year.) Lincoln intended the giving of thanks to represent national unity, […]

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Biden Is Worried About Gas Prices? He Should Bust OPEC.

Under U.S. law, OPEC is an illegal organization and always has been. Since passage of the 1974 Antitrust Procedures and Penalties Act, criminal antitrust offenses have been prosecutable as a felony. Get smart with DOJ’s Antitrust Division, and you can be sent to prison for 10 years. DOJ routinely enlists Interpol to arrest and extradite […]

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Albatross ‘Divorce Rates’ Up Due to Climate Change

Albatrosses are serial monogamists. Photo: AFP PHOTO / HANDOUT / US FISH NAD WILDLIFE SERVICE / KIAH WALKER It looks like Sad Girl Autumn isn’t just for humans. Albatrosses, known to be among the world’s most monogamous creatures, are now increasingly “divorcing” their partners due to climate change-induced stress, researchers have said.  The new research, published […]

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Bolsonaro’s Violence Against Indigenous Amazonians Is Also an Environmental Catastrophe

“This is an emergency,” Bico Rodrigues, coordinator for the National Coordination of Quilombola Black Rural Communities, or CONAQ, told the PI delegation at another meeting. Those communities trace their roots back to groups of escaped slaves who formed free societies beyond the reach of the plantation system. CONAQ, he said, has a dual mission: to […]

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To Deal With Inflation, Get Off of Fossil Fuels

Energy-driven inflation isn’t unique to the post-Covid moment, of course. The near exhaustion of the United States’ conventional oil reserves at the start of this century led to inflation that was credited as a contributing factor to the Great Recession, and the defining image of inflation in the 1970s was long lines for gasoline. In […]

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The Best Way to Fight Inflation: Ditch Fossil Fuels

Energy-driven inflation isn’t unique to the post-Covid moment, of course. The near exhaustion of the United States’ conventional oil reserves at the start of this century led to inflation that was credited as a contributing factor to the Great Recession, and the defining image of inflation in the 1970s was long lines for gasoline. In […]

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The reasons behind lithium-ion batteries’ rapid cost decline

Lithium-ion batteries, those marvels of lightweight power that have made possible today’s age of handheld electronics and electric vehicles, have plunged in cost since their introduction three decades ago at a rate similar to the drop in solar panel prices, as documented by a study published last March. But what brought about such an astonishing […]

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The DeanBeat: Building the metaverse for free

Jensen Huang received the chip industry’s highest honor, the Robert N. Noyce award, last night in an event with his peers. And while the evening was all about semiconductors and AI, one thing the cofounder and CEO of Nvidia said caught my attention. Speaking on stage with former New York Times journalist John Markoff, Huang […]

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The Biden Administration’s Drilling Auction Shows Why the Paris Agreement Isn’t Enough

So in a week defined by high-profile announcements, BOGA’s formation may well have been the most significant. Core member governments—currently co-chairs Denmark and Costa Rica, as well as France, Greenland, Ireland, Quebec, Sweden and Whales—have committed to ending new concessions, licensing or leasing rounds for oil and gas production and exploration, and to setting a […]

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At UN climate change conference, trying to “keep 1.5 alive”

After a one-year delay caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, negotiators from nearly 200 countries met this month in Glasgow, Scotland, at COP26, the United Nations climate change conference, to hammer out a new global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for climate impacts. A delegation of approximately 20 faculty, staff, and students from […]

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SustainLife launches beta sustainability-as-a-service software to measure climate impact

Just days after the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26, wrapped up, SaaS startup, SustainLife announced  $7 million in pre-seed funding and a mission to seamlessly assist companies to connect the dots on how to play their part in mitigating climate change. SustainLife today launched its free public beta SaaS, targeted broadly to organizations seeking […]

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End the Generation Wars

Duffy is unconvinced, therefore, that a coming youth wave will transform Western political systems. The views of younger voters aren’t different enough, and even if they were, there aren’t enough of them, and they don’t vote reliably enough (this is true in many places, and is not simply an American malady). Young people, of course, […]

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Voters Care About Climate Change. That’s Not Enough

After all, Larry Bartels points out, whatever the people may think, politicians aren’t listening to them anyway. U.S. politicians—whether in Congress or in negotiations at COP26—decide climate policy largely on their own instincts, alliances, interpretations of the evidence and whoever is writing their campaign checks. Partly because they know voters aren’t motivated by issues, he […]

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Will digital twins save us from climate change?

Join gaming leaders online at GamesBeat Summit Next this upcoming November 9-10. Learn more about what comes next.  As the COP26 United Nations climate change summit wraps up today, it seems unlikely that the world’s governments will take swift action to save the planet. Could technology leaders do so instead? Some are trying. The Microsoft […]

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MIT makes strides on climate action plan

Two recent online events related to MIT’s ambitious new climate action plan highlighted several areas of progress, including uses of the campus as a real-life testbed for climate impact research, the creation of new planning bodies with opportunities for input from all parts of the MIT community, and a variety of moves toward reducing the […]

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Seeing into our future with Nvidia’s Earth-2

Join gaming leaders online at GamesBeat Summit Next this upcoming November 9-10. Learn more about what comes next.  This article was contributed by Jensen Huang, Founder and CEO, NVIDIA The earth is warming. The past seven years are on track to be the seven warmest on record. The emissions of greenhouse gases from human activities […]

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Fossil Fuel Executives at the Glasgow Climate Talks Are Miffed With the Media

Wandering through the U.N. climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland, the uninitiated might be surprised by just how much of it looks like a trade show. Far removed from the rooms where actual negotiations are happening, flashy pavilions mounted by countries, corporations, and trade associations hand out free coffee and snacks to passers-by—and tell them celebratory […]

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California Gov Skips Climate Conference, Attends Oil Heiress’ Lavish Wedding

California Governor Gavin Newsom didn’t make public appearances for nearly two weeks after receiving a Moderna booster, and abruptly canceled his trip to COP26, a UN-led climate change conference.  The mystery around where Newsom was has launched a thousand conspiracy theories, with the governor saying he canceled his trip because of an unspecified “family obligation” […]

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Nvidia creates digital twin of Earth to battle climate change

Join gaming leaders online at GamesBeat Summit Next this upcoming November 9-10. Learn more about what comes next.  Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang boasted of many world-changing technologies in his keynote at Tuesday’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC), but he chose to close on a promise to help save the world. “We will build a digital twin […]

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Carbon Markets Are Terrible—But We Need Them

At their worst, carbon markets provide cheap cover for corporations to continue emitting greenhouse gases at their usual rates. They delay decarbonization. But at their best, high-quality carbon removal can help restore blasted ecosystems and give the planet some badly needed breathing room while closing out the last vestiges of a fossil-powered economy. The best […]

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J-WAFS launches Food and Climate Systems Transformation Alliance

Food systems around the world are increasingly at risk from the impacts of climate change. At the same time, these systems, which include all activities from food production to consumption and food waste, are responsible for about one-third of the human-caused greenhouse gas emissions warming the planet.  To drive research-based innovation that will make food […]

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Q&A: Options for the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant

The Diablo Canyon nuclear plant in California, the only one still operating in the state, is set to close in 2025. A team of researchers at MIT’s Center for Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems, Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab, and Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research; Stanford’s Precourt Energy Institute; and energy […]

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Biden’s Energy Secretary Dodges a Question About Oil and Gas Exports

Before a panel Friday at the COP26 Glasgow climate summit announcing that the Energy Department would be investing in an “earthshot” to bring the price of carbon capture and sequestration down to $100 per ton, Secretary Jennifer Granholm was approached by Port Arthur, Texas, native John Beard Jr. In the exchange—captured on video by the nonprofit […]

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