November 29, 2022

A breakthrough on “loss and damage,” but also disappointment, at UN climate conference

Throughout the two weeks of the COP27, a delegation of MIT students, faculty, and staff was traveled to Sharm El-Sheikh, which included CEEPR Deputy Director Michael Mehling. In this article on MITNews, he comments on "loss and damage", a central issue in this year's discussions which refers to harms caused by climate change — either through acute catastrophes like extreme weather events or slower-moving impacts like sea level rise — to which communities and countries are unable to adapt.

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November 14, 2022

Gilbert Metcalf Joins MIT CEEPR

CEEPR is delighted to welcome Gilbert E. Metcalf as a Visiting Professor. Professor Metcalf is an economist who has made important contributions to academic scholarship and government policy making, with a focus on applied public finance and energy and environmental economics. He joins CEEPR and the MIT Sloan School of Management from Tufts University, where he has been the John DiBiaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service and a professor of economics. Read more about Gib here.

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September 21, 2022

3 Questions: Janelle Knox-Hayes on producing renewable energy that communities want

Wind power accounted for 8 percent of U.S. electricity consumption in 2020, and is growing rapidly in the country’s energy portfolio. But some projects, like the now-defunct Cape Wind proposal for offshore power in Massachusetts, have run aground due to local opposition. Are there ways to avoid this in the future? MIT professors Janelle Knox-Hayes and Donald Sadoway think so. Read more on MIT News here.

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The Roosevelt Project

The Roosevelt Project takes a multidisciplinary approach to examine the transitional challenges associated with progress toward a deeply decarbonized U.S. economy. The project aims to chart a path forward through the transition that minimizes worker and community dislocations and enables at-risk communities to sustain employment levels by taking advantage of the economic opportunities present for regional economic development.

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The CATE Project

The Climate Action Through Education Project aims to develop a science-based climate curriculum for U.S high school students, placing particular emphasis on reaching populations who are underserved and on countering climate denial messages. The curriculum will inform students about the causes and consequences of anthropogenic climate change, while equipping them with the knowledge and sense of agency to contribute to climate mitigation and adaptation.

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The E2e Project

Through an interdisciplinary approach to the so-called ‘energy efficiency gap’, the E2e Project seeks to evaluate and strengthen policies and incentives for improved energy efficiency. Proven research designs used to achieve these aims include randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and quasi-experimental designs, with data and customer access provided through formal partnerships with private-sector companies.

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