January 26, 2024
Local Journalism is a Critical “Gate” to Engage Americans on Climate Change

A "gate" is a conversational entry point about climate impacts and solutions, but it doesn't have to be climate-specific.

June 16, 2023
Preparing Colombia’s cities for life amid changing forests

ESI Research Program Director Marcela Angel has built an international program in natural climate solutions, with a focus on climate adaptation, urban planning and biodiversity in her home country of Colombia.

May 22, 2023
Six ways MIT is taking action on climate

A variety of recent events, several hosted or co-hosted by ESI, highlighted efforts by MIT faculty, staff, and students to make a difference today.

February 6, 2023
Rescuing small plastics from the waste stream

In collaboration with ESI, PhD student Alexis Hocken is working with manufacturers to keep their products from literally falling through the cracks in the recycling process.

November 9, 2022
Mining for the clean energy transition

The MIT Conference on Mining, Environment, and Society convened academics, industry, government officials and NGOs to discuss the environmental and social challenges of supplying the materials for solar, batteries, the electric grid and more.

January 21, 2022
Bringing climate reporting to local newsrooms

MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative's inaugural Journalism Fellows reflect on their experiences telling local climate stories.

December 2, 2021
Scientists and musicians tackle climate change together

ESI hosted a discussion at MIT exploring ways the music industry can help in the battle to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.

November 17, 2021
At UN climate change conference, trying to “keep 1.5 alive”

A delegation from MIT, including several members of ESI, traveled to Glasgow for COP26, where international negotiators sought to keep global climate goals on track.

September 2, 2021
Climate and sustainability classes expand at MIT

MIT offers over 120 undergraduate classes related to sustainability, a sign of growing student and faculty interest in the environmental impacts of their fields.

August 9, 2021
What will happen to sediment plumes associated with deep-sea mining?

Prof. Tom Peacock, who received an ESI seed grant to model the effects of deep-sea mining on ocean ecosystems, has now assembled an international team for the first real-world experiment.

July 15, 2021
Designing exploratory robots that collect data for marine scientists

Victoria Preston, a 2021 Martin Fellow for Sustainability, programs robots to collect environmental data in waterways.

April 23, 2021
From entrepreneur to climate policy advocate

With the ESI Rapid Response Group, rising senior Kiara Wahnschafft has used MIT climate research to write briefs for Massachusetts and federal policymakers.

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