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ISSUE #100

The UN Climate Conference Edition

In support of the global effort to mitigate climate change, a team of MIT researchers has developed modeling tools to evaluate climate progress by Southeast Asian and Latin American nations and recommend paths forward to meet and exceed Paris Agreement targets. The researchers have been presenting the reports this week at the annual United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP24.
Read more and download the reports →

At the conference, MIT delegates are exchanging ideas with researchers, government officials, and NGO heads from around the world. For some MIT participants, the experience has been emotionally powerful in unexpected ways.
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MORE FROM COP24
Why the next two years are critical for the Paris climate deal’s survival

The Conversation

MIT researchers Henry Jacoby and Jennifer Morris write in The Conversation about the urgency of climate change and what countries need to be doing about it. 
Low carbon electricity generation, carbon pricing could reduce emissions in Asean: MIT report

Straits Times

The report, presented at COP24 by lead author and MITEI senior research scientist Sergey Paltsev, details how developing countries can strike a balance between providing electricity for their people and mitigating climate change.
3Q: Kathleen Kennedy on community-level climate resilience at COP24

MITEI

The executive director of MIT’s Climate CoLab discusses a collaboration with the UN that’s empowering women and farmers develop local solutions.
Podcast: Climate policy paths for Latin American and Asian nations

MITEI

Lessons from two "Pathways to Paris” climate policy and technology reports with Rob McKeel, GE Power VP and CMO, and Sergey Paltsev, MIT Energy Initiative senior researcher and deputy director of the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change.

Listen
Podcast: Emissions trading and Paris Agreement Article 6

MITEI

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.

Listen


WHAT TO READ
Technique inspired by dolphin chirps could improve tests of soft materials

MIT News

MIT researchers, supported by MITEI, created technique inspired by echolocation to measure the strength and elasticity of soft substances.


WHAT TO WATCH
Did you miss our C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium at Stanford?

Check out the full event livestream to hear from industry leaders, academics, and students.

  Watch

Classic: What does the Paris agreement mean for you?

As COP24 progresses in Poland, a look back at perspectives from Robert Stoner, Director of the MIT Tata Center for Technology and Design and Deputy Director for Science and Technology at MIT Energy Initiative.

  Watch



WHERE TO APPLY
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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Solar Spring Break really opened my eyes as to how new science and engineering technologies can be combined with helping those in need.

Alison Shepard, 2017 Solar Spring Break participant

Donate to the crowdfunding campaign →

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BEFORE YOU GO...

85.6 million

 The number of passenger vehicles that Asean, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, must remove from the road in order to reduce emissions by 11 percent and meet their 2030 emissions target.

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