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1 day 37 min ago

A prior ClimateX post on geoengineering has seen lots of comment activity. Clearly this topic gets people's attention.

What do you think of this recent drop-the-mic geoengineering quip from science celeb Neil deGrasse Tyson?

"If we have the power to turn Mars into Earth then we can turn Earth back into Earth."

(Via https://twitter.com/MarkBoslough/status/877546205731008512)

1 week 3 days ago

Government tax credits and potentially "green" requirements for public works is all well and good, but the real driver here is venture capital. I have espoused for decades that the number one action government can make is to provide "transitional capital" to those existing companies wishing  to tool up and create cutting edge product while phasing out their old business line. So much of our university level science research capacity is funneled into military funded projects rather than technology breakthroughs for the private sector.

1 week 3 days ago

We learned today that the US has pulled out of the G7 climate pledge, which isn't surprising after Trump's announcement. While the easy thing is to read this announcement as yet another example of Republican climate denial, it might be more useful and perhaps even more alarming as yet another example of the US trying to remake the world order by fiat.

2 weeks 3 days ago

ClimateX members, you are part of the MIT community, and we’re so glad you’ve joined us. Since last Friday, in response to President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord, MIT has made crystal-clear its commitment to Paris and to ever-stronger climate action. The responses range from a letter by President L. Rafael Reif, to an emotional NPR interview with MIT researcher John C. Reilly, and other pointed media statements by MIT faculty and students.