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MIT Better World

EARTH / Spring 2021

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From the President

A Grand Global Challenge

Meeting the challenges of climate change with ingenuity and boldness


Economics and Well-Being

Class gives students frameworks to improve decision making


MIT Accelerates Climate Action

Harnessing the best efforts of MIT’s multidisciplinary research community to solve tough problems

Hot Market

Climate- and sustainability-focused companies with MIT connections have their sights set on global impact

Fortifying Crops for Climate Change

J-WAFS project aims to help food grains weather drought

The Human Scale of Climate Change

Janelle Knox-Hayes explores link between values, sustainable practices

Low-Carbon, Locally

ESI program Here and Real connects MIT climate research to communities

A Business Lens for Sustainability

Aggregate Confusion Project targets better ways to judge corporate behavior

The Power to Connect

New fellowship helps MechE grad student advance robotics

Climate Futures

CliMA collaboration aims to reinvent Earth system modeling

A Financial Aid Success Story

Thuan '90, SM '91 and Nicole Pham

Chemistry Cleanup

Desirée Plata devises new methods for decontaminating air, water

A Breath of Fresh Air

Major new J-PAL initiative targets impact at the nexus of climate and poverty

Second-Generation MIT Family Gives Back

David ’69 and Jeanne-Marie Brookfield

Deep Diving into Seawater

Mallory Ringham uses optical sensor to assess oceans’ chemical changes