Featured Stories | January 15, 2016

MIT on Climate, Science, and Action

By Cassie Martin

On January 27, leading researchers from across MIT will come together to discuss one of the most pressing issues of our time—climate change. For decades, MIT scientists have been and continue to be at the forefront of climate research. Still, questions remain on how best to use that knowledge to avert, mitigate and adapt to its impacts.

Covering a diverse range of topics including the science, economics, and policy of climate change, the public symposium will also feature keynote speakers Marcia McNutt, Editor-in-Chief of Science, and New York Times environmental journalist Justin Gillis.


Space is limited and registration is required. A livestream of the event will also be available. In the meantime, catch up on recent actions MIT has taken on climate change.

MIT releases institutional greenhouse gas inventory

Data set a baseline for campus climate action. (MIT News)

Courtesy of MIT Office of Sustainability

Pushing engineering boundaries to spur infrastructure innovation

MIT hosts Infrastructure Innovation in a Changing Environment Conference. (MIT News/CEE)

Credit: Gretchen Ertl Photography
Credit: Gretchen Ertl Photography
 Cogeneration: A bridge to the future

To help achieve its commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, MIT is set to upgrade its on-campus cogeneration plant. (MIT News/MIT Facilities)


Sharing climate research and strategies in Paris

MIT events throughout climate talks underscore Institute’s global perspectives and partnerships. (MIT News/MIT Energy Initiative)

Credit: Emily Dahl
Credit: Emily Dahl



Putting the Science in Science Policy

Faculty and students from the Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate visited our nation’s capital to build relationships with policymakers on both sides of the aisle. (MIT News/PAOC)

MIT Atmospheric Chemist Dan Cziczo meets with Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) during a Congressional Visit Day. (Courtesy of Dan Cziczo)
Courtesy of Dan Cziczo 

United Nations and MIT collaborate on climate change resilience

The MIT Climate CoLab, in collaboration with the UN secretary-general, will launch a series of online contests seeking solutions for climate-vulnerable communities. (MIT News/MIT Climate CoLab)

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Credit: Yoshi Shimizu/International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies



Plan takes shape for MIT sustainability

Preliminary plan sets priorities for sustainable buildings, stormwater and land management, materials, and greener labs. (MIT News)

Credit: Christopher Harting/AboveSummit
Credit: Christopher Harting/AboveSummit

Maria Zuber on MIT’s climate action plan

MIT’s vice president for research looks ahead to implementation. (MIT News)

Credit: Bryce Vickmark
Credit: Bryce Vickmark

Game for climate adaptation

MIT-led project shows a new method to help communities manage climate risks. (MIT News)

Wells, Maine (Courtesy of MIT News)
Wells, Maine (Courtesy of MIT News) 

MIT announces five-year plan for action on climate change

Hundreds of millions sought for low-carbon research; advocacy for carbon pricing; a call to the alumni and beyond. (MIT News)

Credit: Christopher Harting/AboveSummit
Credit: Christopher Harting/AboveSummit