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Courts agree that the people who live near the industrial hog farms in Bladen, Duplin and Sampson counties continue to suffer environmental harms, but state and local laws make it increasingly difficult to get justice. By ESI Journalism Fellow Melba Newsome.
Startup NCX has created a forest carbon marketplace to pay landowners for deferring timber harvests. By ESI Journalism Fellow Nora Hertel. Photo: Brian Allen
Minnesota has a number of state-led efforts to combat climate change despite partisan disagreement in the state's split Legislature. By ESI Journalism Fellow Nora Hertel. Photo: Dave Schwarz
Carbon sequestration is the science of capturing and storing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. ESI Journalism Fellow Nora Hertel explains how it works in forests and farms. Photo: Dave Schwarz
Agricultural carbon markets pay farmers to draw greenhouse gases, but there's still debate on how well they work and how they should be measured. By ESI Journalism Fellow Nora Hertel. Photo: Dave Schwarz
As large-scale hog and poultry industries continue to grow in eastern North Carolina, local residents push back against decades of air and water pollution. By ESI Journalism Fellow Melba Newsome. Photo: Cape Fear River Watch
Each year, the entire ESI team undertakes a review of our Principles of Conduct and Engagement. Here are the most important changes in 2021.
An introduction to our post-doctoral associate in cities and climate change.
The MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative (ESI) has released a new white paper detailing recent research on conflict over water in regions affected by both and climate change and mining.
La Iniciativa de Soluciones Ambientales del MIT anunció un libro blanco nuevo que detalla una investigación reciente sobre conflicto hídrico en regiones afectadas tanto por el cambio climático como la minería.
To connect climate science with local priorities, ESI launched the MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative Journalism Fellowship in April 2021, supporting new reporting on climate change by local journalists across the U.S. Image credit: Cloganese via Flickr
MIT offers over 120 undergraduate classes related to sustainability, a sign of growing student and faculty interest in the environmental impacts of their fields.