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ISSUE #101

The Holiday Alchemy Edition

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and many joys in the new year!
— Your friends at MITEI

Photo: Jaume Plensa's Alchemist, 2010. Commissioned by an anonymous donor on the occasion of the Institute’s 150th anniversary and given to MIT in honor of all the alumni who have helped support the Institute over the years.

Technology and policy pathways to Paris emissions goals

MIT News

Two new MIT reports advance practical emissions-reduction strategies for Southeast Asia and Latin America at both the regional and country level. MITEI Senior Researcher Sergey Paltsev presented the reports at the UN climate conference, COP24, in Katowice, Poland last week.
Frances Beinecke: Meeting 2030 US climate targets


Frances Beinecke, former Natural Resources Defense Council president, speaks on how collective action can advance US climate policies.

3Q: Kathleen Kennedy on community-level climate resilience at COP24


The executive director of MIT’s Climate CoLab discusses a collaboration with the UN that’s empowering women and farmers to develop local solutions.

Video: Pathways to Paris—Policy, environmental, & technological innovations to balance the energy trilemma


Official COP24 side event with the World Energy Council featuring speakers from MIT, Électricité de France, and the governments of British Columbia and New Zealand discussing the “energy trilemma”—energy security, energy access, and environmental sustainability.

Watch (click Join the event)
Podcast: British Columbia and the energy trilemma


Hear from British Columbia’s Climate Minister George Heyman and Sergey Paltsev, MIT Energy Initiative senior researcher and deputy director of the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, on British Columbia's Clean BC plan and other climate change mitigation strategies.

Podcast: Climate policy paths for Latin American and Asian nations


Lessons from two "Pathways to Paris” climate policy and technology reports with Rob McKeel, GE Power VP and CMO, and Sergey Paltsev.

Podcast: Emissions trading and Paris Agreement Article 6


Emissions trading systems and why governments should consider collaborating, with Constanze Haug, head of the secretariat of the International Carbon Action Partnership, and Michael Mehling, deputy director of the MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research.


Student opportunity: Solar Spring Break

Deadline: Friday, February 8, 2019

MITEI is now accepting applications for our 2019 Solar Spring Break program. We will be returning to Los Angeles, CA this year with GRID Alternatives' Solar Spring Break, which gives college students the opportunity to spend their vacation week installing solar panels in underserved communities.
Learn more about the trip →

Get involved even if you don't apply: You can donate to help send a student on Solar Spring Break who otherwise would be unable to attend.
Learn more about the campaign →

Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab opens seed grant proposals

Deadline: Late December

J-WAFS is now accepting water and food seed grant proposals focused on innovative research with the potential to impact issues and challenges related to the world's water and food supply. Grants are up to $75,000 per year for 1-2 years. PIs at all MIT departments and labs are eligible, and applications are being accepted until late December.

Contact Andi Sutton for more information →

Marseille Winterschool on Multiscale Porous Materials

Wednesday, June 24

The Mixed International Research Unit CNRS/MIT program will host the seventh edition of the Marseille Winterschool on Multiscale Porous Materials in Marseille, France. The topics this year are urban physics and multiscale porous materials in urban environments.

Learn more →

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Not all federal governments are ambitious and not all state or provincial governments are ambitious. That’s why we wanted to sign a plan where we demonstrate to people that to simply say that it’s a choice between jobs and climate is not only irresponsible, it’s frankly wrong.

George Heyman, British Columbia's climate minister

Listen to the podcast →

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Where is the fifth-largest economy in the world?

Answer: California. The third-largest U.S. state by area and the most populous, it surpassed the United Kingdom in economic output in May 2018. Former Natural Resources Defense Council President Frances Beinecke said California's economic status makes it the perfect place to model environmental regulations.

Read the article →

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