Many of the critical challenges the world faces today are encapsulated at the Paris climate summit, which runs through December 11: growing economic inequality, the divide between rich nations and developing ones, the rise of global extremism fueled by worsening environmental conditions, the role of technology, and, of course, the fate of human societies on a rapidly warming planet. Paris 2015 represents the best, and quite possibly the last, chance to forge an international agreement to shift away from fossil fuels and create a sustainable and equitable energy system. On this page you’ll find all the coverage of the Paris talks from MIT Technology Review.
Paris Climate Agreement Rests on Shaky Technological Foundations
The effort to limit global climate change relies on technologies that are unproven or even illusory.
The U.S. and Europe Are Mostly to Blame for the Climate Conundrum
The future emissions of China and India are of huge global concern, but richer countries are responsible for most of the carbon dioxide humans have added to the atmosphere.
A climate scientist argues that it should no longer be acceptable to dump carbon dioxide in the sky.
Wealthy Investors Target Dramatic Increase in Clean-Energy Funding
Led by Bill Gates, a group of tycoons will put billions of dollars into clean-energy technology.
As Paris Talks Near, Emissions Pledges Fall Short
Heading into the latest round of international climate negotiations, renewed optimism around country emissions pledges is clouded by still-gloomy warming forecasts.
India’s Energy Crisis
Can India modernize its manufacturing economy and supply electricity to its growing population without relying heavily on coal—and quite possibly destroying the global climate?
The hype around DeepMind’s new AI model misses what’s actually cool about it
Some worry that the chatter about these tools is doing the whole field a disservice.
These materials were meant to revolutionize the solar industry. Why hasn’t it happened?
Perovskites are promising, but real-world conditions have held them back.
Why China is still obsessed with disinfecting everything
Most public health bodies dealing with covid have long since moved on from the idea of surface transmission. China’s didn’t—and that helps it control the narrative about the disease’s origins and danger.
A quick guide to the most important AI law you’ve never heard of
The European Union is planning new legislation aimed at curbing the worst harms associated with artificial intelligence.
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