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Forging ahead on climate action


At UN Climate Change Conference, MIT researchers share insights on implementing climate commitments.

Accelerating energy and climate solutions: Paris, Marrakech, and pathways forward


U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Jonathan Pershing, MIT researchers, industry leaders discuss global challenges at MIT Energy Initiative’s annual research conference.

Seeking to inform India’s climate policy choices


Tata Center graduate fellow Arun Singh shares energy-economic modeling research at UN Climate Change Conference.

3Q with Michael Davidson


PhD candidate Michael Davidson gathers information at COP22 for his research on renewable energy and climate change policies in China.

Turning greenhouse gas into gasoline

MIT News

New catalyst provides design principles for producing fuels from carbon dioxide emissions.

What’s the best way for Europe to curb greenhouse emissions from cars?

MIT News

Emissions trading would be more effective than mileage standards, new study shows.

More MIT Energy News

At forum, MIT community tackles tough ethical questions of climate change

MIT News

Why is it so hard for human beings to address climate change? What can motivate effective action?

Enabling China to shift from coal to natural gas

MIT News

How an enhanced cap-and-trade system can help the world’s top carbon emitter cut emissions and improve air quality.

Re-engineering the sprinkler

Tata Center for Technology and Design

New MIT research on the flow of water in flexible tubes could make irrigation technology more sustainable and cost-effective.

Stephen R. Connors, leading alternative energy researcher, dies at 58


MIT researcher helped to make solar and wind power mainstream.

Battery challenges: cost and performance

MIT News

Industry speakers and MIT faculty offer solutions to problems ranging from small portable devices to large fixed installations.

3Q: William Bonvillian on connecting Cambridge and Capitol Hill

MIT News

Through its Washington Office, MIT continues its long history of engagement on national science and technology policy.

A new outlet for student energy under the Dome


Students celebrate grand opening of the MITEI Undergraduate Energy Commons.

Fusing theory and practice

 MIT News

Grad student Libby Tolman melds the elegance of theoretical physics with practical applications of nuclear science.

3Q with Jacob Karni


The Weizmann Institute's Professor Jacob Karni talks with MITEI about his novel solar energy conversion system.

In the Media

People are worried Trump will stop climate progress. The numbers suggest he can’t

The Washington Post

Jessika Trancik, an associate professor of energy studies in the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society, writes about future U.S. climate policy given the recent election. 

365 companies urge Trump administration to stick with Paris climate deal


MIT Sloan School Professor John Sterman talks with Marketplace about the advantages of following through with the Paris Agreement.

MIT: Emissions Trading For Transport = EU’s Cheapest Means Of Reducing Transport Emissions

Clean Technica

James Ayre reports on the findings of a recent study on the best path to reducing emissions in the EU led by Sergey Paltsev, deputy director of the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. 

Tough Climate For Hollande: French president reacts to Trump win (part 1)


MIT Sloan School Professor John Sterman discusses COP22 in Marrakech and the future of the Paris Agreement in the wake of the U.S. elections.

Renewables rising: Global clean energy capacity leaves coal in the dust

New Atlas

Nick Lavars quotes MITEI Postdoctoral Associate Emre Gençer on the relationship between renewable power capacity and renewable power production.

SF clean tech fund is an outlier: it makes money

San Francisco Chronicle

In assessing the stability of a local venture capital firm focusing on environmental sustainability, Thomas Lee cites MIT Energy Initiative research investigating the causes of investment losses in the clean tech sector.

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