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The scientific consensus that climate change is real and anthropogenic is as conclusive as the link between smoking and lung cancer. And yet, largely due to disinformation campaigns funded by prominent fossil fuel companies, much of the...

Rachel Chava Kurchin November 11, 2014
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Attending MIT is a formative experience for many people who will go on to do great things in the world, so it is particularly important to set a good example. Divestment from fossil fuels would send a strong message. There are also so...

Michelle Tomasik November 11, 2014
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With the current urgency of our climate situation, the issue of climate change cannot continue to be a secondary concern at universities or elsewhere. While increased recycling and planting more trees and running buses on greener fuel...

William A Popov November 10, 2014
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1. Scientific consensus holds that a rise in global temperature of 2 degrees Celsius is the maximum the earth can bear without widespread catastrophic effects.

2. "...humans can pour roughly 565 more gigatons of carbon...

Jane Abbott Connor November 10, 2014
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During George Schultz's talk here on September 30th, he mentioned the idea of a campus carbon tax as an action universities could try in moving towards a lower carbon world.

I think this is an intriguing idea for several reasons...

Joseph John Laukaitis November 10, 2014
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Insist on recyclable or compostable food containers at campus eateries and food trucks.

Zahra Khan November 10, 2014
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I oftentimes work late and when I leave building 14, I'm frequently astounded by the number of lights that remain on all night - and the number of computers that are never turned off either. The Hayden Library is probably the most...

Seth Mnookin November 10, 2014
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A huge amount of research is being done in the Nuclear Fusion field at the moment, and the potential benefits are amazing. Stories such as the New Yorker's "A Star in a Bottle" (...

Matthew Drayer November 10, 2014
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Hi, Thanks for the opportunity to weigh in on climate change at MIT. I strongly recommend that MIT be more circumspect in regards to who it associates with in regards to donors. The Koch brothers, who financed a huge cancer research...

Molly Ruggles November 10, 2014
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Reduce the availability of animal-derived products on campus, promote plant-based diets for the MIT community, and divest from animal agriculture operations. The supply chain and environmental impact of animal agriculture contributes at...

Sean M Kearney November 10, 2014
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