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March 6 2017
Study Suggests Complex Life was Present on Earth 2.33 Billion Years Ago
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office

New estimate predates earliest fossil evidence by 800 million years.

March 6 2017
Underwater Mountains Help Ocean Water Rise from Abyss
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office

Turbulence from seafloor topography may explain longstanding question about ocean circulation.

February 23 2017
Climate@MIT
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Lauren Hinkel

A new online publication from MIT reports on exciting climate science research at MIT. We focus on climate as a fundamental science, but occasionally comment on climate action and policy at MIT and climate research occurring elsewhere.

February 22 2017
Lucky Seven: 3Q with Julien de Wit on the discovery of seven temperate, nearby worlds
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office

Planets may harbor conditions suitable for sustaining liquid water — and thus life.

February 20 2017
PAOC Faculty Promotions
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Lauren Hinkel

Congratulations to Michael Follows and David McGee for their recent promotions, recognizing their achievements and contributions to the department.Effective July 2017, Michael Follows will become a Fu...

February 17 2017
Getting Their Hands Dirty: Students Experience Fieldwork in Hawaii
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Carolyn Schmitt | Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

TREX program offers undergraduates the opportunity to get out in the field.

February 14 2017
The Heart of a Far-off Star Beats for its Planet
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office

Scientists observe first planet-induced stellar pulsations. For the first time, astronomers from MIT and elsewhere have observed a star pulsing in response to its orbiting planet.The star, which ...

February 10 2017
Modeling the Unequal Benefits of U.S. Environmental Policy
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Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change

New toolset evaluates economic impacts of ozone reduction policies for nine income groups One of the two top air pollutants in the U.S., ground-level ozone is harmful not only to your health but ...

February 7 2017
Aerocene Soars at the 47th World Economic Forum Meeting
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Lauren Hinkel

Climate-conscious sculptures influence world perspectives in Davos- Klosters, Switzerland.Aerocene, an artistic project developed by Tomás Saraceno and the Aerocene Foundation, has been collaborating ...

February 1 2017
Atmospheres, Oceans and Planetary Studies on Display at AGU
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Lauren Hinkel

Over the week of December 12th, members of MIT’s PAOC attended the American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) 49th annual Fall Meeting in San Francisco.The event is the world’s largest Earth and space science...

January 30 2017
Explained: Greenhouse gases
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David L. Chandler | MIT News Office

Carbon dioxide isn’t the only one that matters, and the gases vary widely in potency and duration.When hearing the words “greenhouse gas,” most people think immediately of carbon dioxide. This is inde...

January 30 2017
Solomon is 2017 National Academy of Sciences Medalist
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Helen Hill | EAPS News

Susan Solomon, the Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will receive the 2017 National Academy of Sciences, Arthur L. Day Prize and...

January 26 2017
EAPS Welcomes Inaugural Heising-Simons Foundation 51 Pegasi b Postdoctoral Fellow
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Helen Hill | EAPS News

The Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences is delighted to welcome exoplanetary scientist Dr. Jason Dittmann, one of four inaugural 51 Pegasi b Postdoctoral Fellows announced today by...

January 26 2017
Celebrating Pauline Morrow Austin: A Founder of Radar Meteorology
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Lauren Hinkel

MIT Faculty, friends and family of Mrs. Austin gathered to remember her life and commemorate her contributions to science with the unveiling of an exhibit in EAPS.Modern meteorology would not be what ...

January 24 2017
A Persistent Haze
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Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change

Study assesses impact of fire aerosols on visibility and air quality in Southeast Asia. The skies above Southeast Asia are often dimmed by a persistent haze, due largely to high concentrations of...

January 24 2017
On Addressing Global Change Science
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Bernadette Esposito | MIT ILP Ron Prinn directs MIT's Center for Global Change Science and co-directs its Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. Among other things these groups are running the Advanced Global At...
January 17 2017
Observing and modeling the Arctic Ocean and Sea Ice: A Meeting in Woods Hole
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Lauren Hinkel Last November, a group of MIT researchers joined scientists from around the world to attend the fifth meeting of the Forum for Arctic Modeling & Synthesis (FAMOS) at the Woods Hole Oceanographic I...
January 17 2017
Study Tracks “Memory” of Soil Moisture
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David L. Chandler | MIT News Office First year of data from SMAP satellite provides new insights for weather, agriculture, and climate.The top 2 inches of topsoil on all of Earth’s landmasses contains an infinitesimal fraction of the pl...
January 12 2017
Exoplanets and the Search for Habitable Worlds
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Sara Seager For thousands of years people have wondered, “Are there planets like Earth?” “Are they common?” “Do any have signs of life?”Today astronomers are poised to answer these ancient questions. We have foun...
January 11 2017
Modeling Plausible Futures
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Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change MIT research scientist C. Adam Schlosser assesses long-term risks to regional water and energy systems.Last spring, MIT research scientist C. Adam Schlosser, who serves as deputy director of the MIT J...
January 10 2017
Pauline Austin: Celebrating a Pioneer of Weather Radar
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Lauren Hinkel Made possible by a generous gift, a new, permanent exhibit was unveiled in December, honoring the life and achievements of Pauline M. Austin, PhD ‘42, who served as Director of MIT’s Weather Radar Lab...
January 10 2017
Study Finds More Extreme Storms Ahead for California
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office New technique predicts frequency of heavy precipitation with global warming.On Dec. 11, 2014, a freight train of a storm steamed through much of California, deluging the San Francisco Bay Area with th...
January 10 2017
Short-Lived Greenhouse Gases Cause Centuries of Sea-Level Rise
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office Through warming effects, methane and other gases impact rising seas long after leaving the atmosphere.Even if there comes a day when the world completely stops emitting greenhouse gases into the atmos...
January 2 2017
Students, Academics, and Entrepreneurs Join Forces to Tackle the Future of Water Utilities
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Carolyn Schmitt | Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Fifth annual MIT Water Summit brings together interdisciplinary panelists to give multiple perspectives on major issues surrounding the water sector.Read this story in MIT News.Turn on the faucet and ...
December 19 2016
New study sets oxygen-breathing limit for ocean’s hardiest organisms
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Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office Bacteria can survive in marine environments that are almost completely starved of oxygen. Around the world, wide swaths of open ocean are nearly depleted of oxygen. Not quite dead zones, they are...
April 14 2016
Evolution of Motivations for Climate Action Lauren Hinkel The impetus for many has shifted from the longterm benefits to more immediate ones.
March 31 2016
Ocean Turbulence Thinking Turned Upside Down Lauren Hinkel New research on ocean turbulence may reverse how we think about its role in the oceans
March 28 2016
A highly eccentric exoplanet Jennifer Chu/ MIT News Observations of an extreme-weather planet raise questions about hot Jupiters’ origins.
March 7 2016
New York Times Spotlights Intersection of MIT Climate Science and Art Cassie Martin Work of MIT Meteorologist Lodovica Illari and CAST Visiting Artist Tomás Saraceno among featured collaborations
February 16 2016
Coming together on climate Jessica Fujimori/Environmental Solutions Initiative Hackathon for Climate brings students, faculty, staff, and alumni together on climate change solutions.
January 6 2016
School of Science honors research staff with 2016 Infinite Kilometer Awards MIT News Office PAOC's own Principle Research Scientist Sai Ravela is among the honorees.
January 4 2016
Global reductions in mercury emissions should lead to billions in economic benefits for U.S. Jennifer Chu/MIT News New study from Selin group finds benefits from international regulations may double those of domestic policy.
December 18 2015
Noelle Selin Receives AAAS Fellowship EAPS News Only days after the landmark COP21 Paris climate-change agreement, Professor Noelle Eckley Selin was announced as one of the first AAAS fellows of the Leshner Leadership Institute for Public Engagement with Science.
December 16 2015
Glenn Flierl Gives 2015 FDEPS Lecture Cassie Martin MIT oceanographer honored as invited lecturer at annual fluid dynamics workshop in Japan.
November 18 2015
MIT's Five-Year Plan for Action on Climate Change MIT News Office Plan will focus on low-carbon research; advocacy for carbon pricing; a call to the alumni and beyond.
November 16 2015
Cracking the Problem of River Growth Jennifer Chu/MIT News EAPS researchers Prof. Dan Rothman and postdoc Yossi Cohen find that a similar principle predicts the growth of fractures and rivers.
October 21 2015
A Fair and Ambitious Pledge? Not quite MIT News/Jennifer Chu Study from Solomon groups finds pledges by top greenhouse gas emitters leaves little room for others; urges greater R&D.
October 11 2015
What Makes Hurricanes Like Joaquin Tick? Jane J. Lee, National Geographic Kerry Emanuel talks hurricanes in National Geographic
September 30 2015
Messing with the monsoon Mark Dwortzan | Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change Study from Research Scientist Chien Wang finds man made aerosols can alter rainfall in the world’s most populous region.
September 25 2015
Dara Entekhabi named recipient of the 2015 Hydrologic Sciences Award Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering/MIT News MIT CEE Professor's research focuses on the disciplines of hydrology, meteorology, and Earth remote sensing.
September 21 2015
“Grey swan” cyclones predicted to be more frequent and intense MIT News/Jennifer Chu Kerry Emanuel's new study finds some coastal regions may face a risk of unprecedented storm surge in the next century.
August 28 2015
Can Rain Clean the Atmosphere? MIT News/Jennifer Chu New study from the Cziczo lab explains how rain droplets attract aerosols out of the atmosphere.
August 17 2015
Better Estimates of Worldwide Mercury Pollution MIT News/Jennifer Chu MIT News features new findings from the Selin Group that show Asia produces twice as much mercury emissions as previously thought.
July 20 2015
Ocean Acidification May Cause Dramatic Changes to Phytoplankton MIT News/Jennifer Chu Stephanie Dutkiewicz and colleagues report on a new study that finds many species may die out and others may migrate as ocean acidification intensifies.
June 17 2015
Small thunderstorms may add up to massive cyclones on Saturn MIT News/Jennifer Chu Morgan O'Neill, Kerry Emanuel and Glenn Flierl report on a new model that may predict cyclone activity on other planets.
May 20 2015
Researchers: Hurricanes come in bunches and could get stronger Kevin Spear/Orlando Sentinel Kerry Emanuel presents research that ties climate change to fewer small or average-sized storms and an uptick in the number of the most powerful storms.
May 5 2015
Podcast: What's the science behind climate change? Jay London/MIT Alumni Association MIT faculty members including EAPS own Dan Cziczo and Kerry Emanuel discuss the history and science behind Earth’s warming climate, and whether anything can be done to mitigate a rising global temperature.
April 15 2015
An Ocean of Opportunity MIT News/Jennifer Chu MIT News profiled EAPS Associate Professor Mick Follows, who uses tiny marine microbes to model climate change.
March 23 2015
Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam and Climate Change Kerry Emanuel EAPS Professor Kerry Emanuel examines role of climate change in severe tropical cyclones
March 11 2015
First-Light Images of NASA's Soil Moisture Satellite Revealed Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering/Kelsey Damrad EAPS and CEE Professor Dara Entekhabi marvels at NASA SAMP satellite's first snapshot of Earth.