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.

June 5, 2020
Peatland drainage in Southeast Asia adds to climate change

ESI Seed Grant recipient Charles Harvey is part of a team that used novel satellite data to reveal the true extent of peatland loss in Malaysia and Indonesia, with robust estimates of just how much CO2 is entering the atmosphere as a result.

December 16, 2019
The uncertain role of natural gas in the transition to clean energy

ESI seed grant recipient Jessika Trancik digs into the difficult-to-quantify role of methane as a greenhouse gas.

December 6, 2019
Making buildings from industrial waste

ESI seed grant recipient Elsa Olivetti combs through the waste products of heavy industry to find novel building materials.

December 5, 2019
Understanding the impact of deep-sea mining

Mining materials from the sea floor could help secure a low-carbon future, but before this becomes a big business, ESI seed grant recipient Tom Peacock is racing to understand the environmental effects.

November 25, 2019
Student Spotlight: Peter Godart

2019 Martin Fellow Peter Godart is developing a system that would use aluminum debris to desalinate water while also generating energy in the wake of natural disasters.

October 31, 2019
New synthesis method yields degradable polymers

New polymer chemistry from the lab of Jeremiah Johnson, partly funded through ESI's Plastics and the Environment Program, could be an alternative to some industrial plastics.

February 13, 2019
Machine learning and climate modeling

As machine learning expands into climate modeling, EAPS Associate Professor Paul O’Gorman answers what that looks like and why it's important now.

April 11, 2018
Achieving water affordability in America’s shrinking cities

Lawrence Susskind and Gabriella Carolini’s ESI Seed Grant funds research into water affordability in American cities.

April 11, 2018
Metals, minerals and the race to 2050

Governments around the world are preparing to implement their 2050 emissions reduction commitments under the Paris Agreement

August 17, 2017
For food-waste recycling, policy is key

ESI seed grant recipients Lily Baum Pollans and Eran Ben-Joseph published a study on food scrap recycling programs in the U.S.

August 14, 2017
Envisioning the future of metal and mineral production

MIT researchers team up with leaders from the metals and minerals industry to envision a more sustainable future.

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