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Understanding the psychology of climate change to enable more effective discourse

University of Virginia professors Thomas Bateman and Kieran O'Connor think we can have more productive conversations. Our team agrees. Read their full article here.  

There are two strategies adopted when it comes to climate change solutions: mitigation and adaption. As we enter a mandatory period of adoption, we need to remember that both strategies are dually - and direly - needed. 

From MIT Energy Initiative: Microbial engineering technique could reduce contamination in biofermentation plants

"Now, in a paper published today in the journal Science, researchers at MIT and the Cambridge startup Novogy describe a new technique that gives producer microbes the upper hand against unwanted invaders, eliminating the need for such expensive and potentially harmful sterilization methods.

Jeff Speck, TEDxMidAtlantic: 4 ways to make a city more walkable

In his 2013 talk Jeff Speck details what goes into making a city walkable:

- there needs to be a proper reason to walk

- the walk must feel safe and be safe

- the walk has to be comfortable

- the walk has to be interesting

Watch the talk:

https://www.ted.com/talks/jeff_speck_4_ways_to_make_a_city_more_walkable?language=en

Citizen Science opportunities

Dr. Marshall Shepherd of the University of Georgia assembled a great list of ways for the public to get involved with Citizen Science. Read the full article on Forbes.

Resources listed:

OldWeather.org. This site allows you to join thousands of citizen scientists that are trying to rescue historical weather observations.

Air pollution in Indonesia

A study conducted by Harvard and Columbia revealed that Indonesian haze could have been the cause of more than 100,000 premature deaths in south-east Asia in 2016. Of those, 91,000 were Indonesian.

Legal disputes around the Indonesian haze and its negative impact on health have been largely shot down, with significant evidence (like satellite images) discredited. At stake: the lives of Indonesians, forced to breathe in the dirty, smoky, hazy air, versus palm oil and other agribusiness endeavors who make use of massive deforestation fires within the country.  

MIT, Conservation International announce collaboration on climate adaptation and mitigation

MIT and Conservation International have signed on a multiyear collaboration, aimed to mitigate climate change through the advancement of nature-based solutions.  “Nature plays a critical role in helping society offset the impacts of climate change,” says Raik, senior vice president and managing director at Conservation International. “For instance, tropical forests and other ecosystems can provide at least 30 percent of the mitigation needed to achieve the 2 or 1.5 degree [Celsius] targets that were set in the Paris Agreement last year.”

MIT, Conservation International announce collaboration on climate adaptation and mitigation

MIT and Conservation International have signed on a multiyear collaboration, aimed to mitigate climate change through the advancement of nature-based solutions.  “Nature plays a critical role in helping society offset the impacts of climate change,” says Raik, senior vice president and managing director at Conservation International. “For instance, tropical forests and other ecosystems can provide at least 30 percent of the mitigation needed to achieve the 2 or 1.5 degree [Celsius] targets that were set in the Paris Agreement last year.”

Understanding the psychology of climate change to enable more effective discourse

University of Virginia professors Thomas Bateman and Kieran O'Connor think we can have more productive conversations. Our team agrees. Read their full article here.  

There are two strategies adopted when it comes to climate change solutions: mitigation and adaption. As we enter a mandatory period of adoption, we need to remember that both strategies are dually - and direly - needed. 

From MIT Energy Initiative: Microbial engineering technique could reduce contamination in biofermentation plants

"Now, in a paper published today in the journal Science, researchers at MIT and the Cambridge startup Novogy describe a new technique that gives producer microbes the upper hand against unwanted invaders, eliminating the need for such expensive and potentially harmful sterilization methods.

Jeff Speck, TEDxMidAtlantic: 4 ways to make a city more walkable

In his 2013 talk Jeff Speck details what goes into making a city walkable:

- there needs to be a proper reason to walk

- the walk must feel safe and be safe

- the walk has to be comfortable

- the walk has to be interesting

Watch the talk:

https://www.ted.com/talks/jeff_speck_4_ways_to_make_a_city_more_walkable?language=en

Citizen Science opportunities

Dr. Marshall Shepherd of the University of Georgia assembled a great list of ways for the public to get involved with Citizen Science. Read the full article on Forbes.

Resources listed:

OldWeather.org. This site allows you to join thousands of citizen scientists that are trying to rescue historical weather observations.

Citizen Science opportunities

Dr. Marshall Shepherd of the University of Georgia assembled a great list of ways for the public to get involved with Citizen Science. Read the full article on Forbes.

Resources listed:

OldWeather.org. This site allows you to join thousands of citizen scientists that are trying to rescue historical weather observations.

Air pollution in Indonesia

A study conducted by Harvard and Columbia revealed that Indonesian haze could have been the cause of more than 100,000 premature deaths in south-east Asia in 2016. Of those, 91,000 were Indonesian.

Legal disputes around the Indonesian haze and its negative impact on health have been largely shot down, with significant evidence (like satellite images) discredited. At stake: the lives of Indonesians, forced to breathe in the dirty, smoky, hazy air, versus palm oil and other agribusiness endeavors who make use of massive deforestation fires within the country.  

MIT, Conservation International announce collaboration on climate adaptation and mitigation

MIT and Conservation International have signed on a multiyear collaboration, aimed to mitigate climate change through the advancement of nature-based solutions.  “Nature plays a critical role in helping society offset the impacts of climate change,” says Raik, senior vice president and managing director at Conservation International. “For instance, tropical forests and other ecosystems can provide at least 30 percent of the mitigation needed to achieve the 2 or 1.5 degree [Celsius] targets that were set in the Paris Agreement last year.”

MIT, Conservation International announce collaboration on climate adaptation and mitigation

MIT and Conservation International have signed on a multiyear collaboration, aimed to mitigate climate change through the advancement of nature-based solutions.  “Nature plays a critical role in helping society offset the impacts of climate change,” says Raik, senior vice president and managing director at Conservation International. “For instance, tropical forests and other ecosystems can provide at least 30 percent of the mitigation needed to achieve the 2 or 1.5 degree [Celsius] targets that were set in the Paris Agreement last year.”

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ClimateX is a pilot peer-to-peer learning platform for climate action. 

By bringing together MIT students and alumni with engaged learners from around the world, we can learn, discuss and develop concrete solutions.