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  • Lead from gasoline discovered in Indian Ocean

    Lead from gasoline discovered in Indian Ocean

    Levels began to climb in the 1970s, peaking a decade ago — a timeline consistent with the region’s pattern of leaded gasoline use. Written by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office.You can read the original new in MIT NewsSince the 1970s, leaded gasoline ...

    Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office

  • Daniel Casey: Exploring a ‘little star’ on Earth

    Daniel Casey: Exploring a ‘little star’ on Earth

    Written by Leda Zimmerman.You can read the original new in MIT NewsIn 2010, after a decade of meticulous preparation, Daniel Casey and an MIT team finally ran their experiment. The world’s largest laser struck a millimeter-sized target, and in ...

    Leda Zimmerman

  • In profile: Chris Zegras

    In profile: Chris Zegras

    MIT urban planner builds tools that help designers make cities cleaner and greener. Written by Peter Dizikes, MIT News Office. You can read the original story in MIT News   Christopher Zegras Photo: Dominick Reuter When Chris Zegras ...

    Peter Dizikes, MIT News Office

  • Reaching underground resources

    Reaching underground resources

    Accessing critical resources such as geothermal energy and natural gas requires drilling — an expensive, energy-intensive, messy process with today`s technology. An MIT team has been looking into a more elegant approach. Instead of grinding ...

    Nancy W. Stauffer

  • Clearing the air

    Clearing the air

    Atmospheric chemist Susan Solomon finds hope in past environmental challenges. Written by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office. You can read the original story in MIT News Susan Solomon, the Ellen Swallow Richards Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and ...

    Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office

  • Making ‘nanospinning’ practical

    Making ‘nanospinning’ practical

    Nanofibers have a dizzying range of possible applications, but they’ve been prohibitively expensive to make. MIT researchers hope to change that. Written by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office. Nanofibers — strands of material only a couple ...

    Larry Hardesty

  • Creating a low-carbon, non-nuclear economy: The case of Taiwan

    Creating a low-carbon, non-nuclear economy: The case of Taiwan

    Original story at MIT News Can Taiwan create a low-carbon economy without nuclear energy? One MIT researcher finds out. After the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, energy experts and policymakers around the world began to reassess the future of ...

    Alli Gold

  • Will the new global mercury treaty be effective?

    Will the new global mercury treaty be effective?

    Original story at MIT News MIT researcher Noelle Selin assesses the challenges of implementing the first global mercury treaty. After four years of negotiations, delegates from more than 140 countries met last January to finalize the first global ...

    Allison Gold Roberts

  • How do we balance needs of energy, water, and climate?

    How do we balance needs of energy, water, and climate?

    Original story at MIT news MIT study underscores need to examine trade-offs before choosing energy technologies In deciding how best to meet the world’s growing needs for energy, the answers depend crucially on how the question is framed. ...

    David L. Chandler

  • Water, water everywhere: But is there enough to drink?

    Water, water everywhere: But is there enough to drink?

    Original story at MIT News At MIT, experts address the challenges of supplying clean, safe water to a growing world population. The challenge of supplying clean, safe drinking water to an expanding world population comes down to money, MIT ...

    David L. Chandler

  • 3 Questions: Michael Greenstone on the Experimental Method in Environmental Economics

    3 Questions: Michael Greenstone on the Experimental Method in Environmental Economics

    Original story at MIT News MIT economist makes the case for new quasi-experiments as a way of studying environmental issues. How can scholars get traction on environmental problems, particularly those relating to pollution? In an essay ...

    Peter Dizikes

  • 3 Questions: The launch of the MIT Climate Change Conversation

    3 Questions: The launch of the MIT Climate Change Conversation

    Original story at MIT News New committee aims to catalyze community discussion on how MIT can help address climate change. On Sept. 19, Maria T. Zuber, MIT’s vice president for research, announced the membership of ...

  • Catching air - Jimmy Gasore is working on Africa’s first high-frequency climate observatory in his native Rwanda.

    Catching air - Jimmy Gasore is working on Africa’s first high-frequency climate observatory in his native Rwanda.

    Original story at MIT News All around the planet, high-frequency climate observatories are collecting atmospheric data around the clock as part of the Advanced Global Atmospheric Gases Experiment (AGAGE), a 35-year-old project to study emissions ...

  • 3 Questions: Amanda Giang on controlling Mercury Pollution in India and China

    3 Questions: Amanda Giang on controlling Mercury Pollution in India and China

    Original story at MIT News MIT graduate student studies how a new U.N. treaty could affect mercury emissions from coal power plants in Asia. The Minamata Convention on Mercury, a global treaty adopted by the United Nations in 2013, aims to reduce ...

    Audrey Resutek

  • Bubble, bubble … boiling on the double

    Bubble, bubble … boiling on the double

    Original story at MIT  New analysis of textured surfaces could lead to more efficient, and less dangerous, power plants. The boiling of water is at the heart of many industrial processes, from the operation of electric power plants to ...

    David L. Chandler

  • Messing with the monsoon: Study: Manmade aerosols can alter rainfall in the world’s most populous region

    Messing with the monsoon: Study: Manmade aerosols can alter rainfall in the world’s most populous region

    Original story at MIT  On the Indian subcontinent, the widespread burning of firewood, coal, agricultural waste, and biomass for energy disperses black carbon particulates into the atmosphere. These manmade aerosols not only pollute the air, ...

    Mark Dwortzan

  • A “fair and ambitious” pledge? Not quite

    A “fair and ambitious” pledge? Not quite

    Study finds pledges by top greenhouse gas emitters leaves little room for others; urges greater R&D. Original story at MIT  Over two weeks in December, delegates from virtually every country in the world will gather in Paris for the 21st ...

    Jennifer Chu

  • Desalination gets a graphene boost

    Desalination gets a graphene boost

    Original story at MIT News Jeffrey Grossman applies new materials research to making desalination cheaper and more efficient. With the intensifying drought in California, the state has accelerated the construction of desalination plants. Yet due ...

    Eric Brown

  • The geography of carbon pricing

    The geography of carbon pricing

    Study looks at why some states could be impacted more than others if a price is put on carbon. Original story at MIT News How much will your cost of living rise if a price is put on carbon? According to a new study inThe Energy ...

    Mark Dwortzan

  • Making India`s waste streams sustainable

    Making India`s waste streams sustainable

    MIT researchers are developing a decision-support tool to help cities in India sustainably manage the societal and environmental impacts of their waste. The massive Deonar dumping ground in Mumbai has become the most visible emblem of an ...

    Ben Miller