Tag: climate

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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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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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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When Bad Weather and Bad Landlords Collide

“NYC is in a housing crisis,” said Deborah Morris, a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Design who previously worked on climate resiliency with the city’s Housing Preservation and Development agency. “And the quality of the housing is really, really poor. The pressure pushes vulnerable people into vulnerable places. Our buildings are not built […]

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The Danish “Skeptical Environmentalist” Beloved by American Conservatives

Throughout September, as the United Nations climate summit in Glasgow approached, The Wall Street Journal ran a series of opinion articles by Bjorn Lomborg, a notorious climate “skeptic” from Denmark who has downplayed the threat of global warming. The articles purported to offer readers “a better understanding of the true effects of climate change and […]

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This Activist Is Calling Out How Climate Stories Are Told

Disha Ravi takes part in a digital strike this year. Photo courtesy of Disha Ravi With wildfires ravaging the American landscape, heatwaves tearing across western Canada and the US, and floods inundating German towns, climate change awareness has been at an all-time high in recent months. But for 22-year-old Indian activist Disha Ravi, climate change […]

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The language of change

Ryan Conti came to MIT hoping to find a way to do good things in the world. Now a junior, his path is pointing toward a career in climate science, and he is preparing by majoring in both math and computer science and by minoring in philosophy. Language for catalyzing change Philosophy matters to Conti […]

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How a War Over Weed and Water Led to a Deadly Police Shooting

PART 1: FIRE Mount Shasta Vista was burning and Soobleej Kaub Hawj needed to get his family out. It was June 28 and a massive blaze known as the Lava Fire, sparked by lightning, was tearing through the rural Northern California neighborhood, scorching acre after acre of high desert scrubland, along with the ramshackle homes […]

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Taylor Perron receives 2021 MacArthur Fellowship

Taylor Perron, professor of geology and associate department head for education in MIT’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, has been named a recipient of a 2021 MacArthur Fellowship. Often referred to as “genius grants,” the fellowships are awarded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to talented individuals in a variety […]

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Banning the Homeless Won’t Keep California From Burning

The day before the county’s encampment ban, a group of Topanga residents submitted a letter urging the board to “take action … to prevent camping fires and similar high-risk human behaviors, in order to protect our lives, homes, and community, including the homeless themselves.” Public comment submitted by concerned citizens in favor of the ban […]

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Study: Global cancer risk from burning organic matter comes from unregulated chemicals

Whenever organic matter is burned, such as in a wildfire, a power plant, a car’s exhaust, or in daily cooking, the combustion releases polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) — a class of pollutants that is known to cause lung cancer. There are more than 100 known types of PAH compounds emitted daily into the atmosphere. Regulators, […]

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MIT appoints members of new faculty committee to drive climate action plan

In May, responding to the world’s accelerating climate crisis, MIT issued an ambitious new plan, “Fast Forward: MIT’s Climate Action Plan for the Decade.” The plan outlines a broad array of new and expanded initiatives across campus to build on the Institute’s longstanding climate work. Now, to unite these varied climate efforts, maximize their impact, […]

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