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MIT Environment and Sustainability Weekly Roundup, July 4, 2021

What We're Reading

the San Pedro River in Arizona
"Megadrought" along border strains U.S.-Mexico water relations: The Colorado and Rio Grande river basins are suffering from years of intense drought. Under the terms of current treaties, this has put Mexico in "water debt" to the U.S., at a time when millions on both sides of the border are depending on dwindling supplies.
- The Conversation
Boston Harbor
To survive rising seas, Boston may need to "make" land again: The large areas of Boston built on landfill in the past two centuries are among the most vulnerable parts of the city to sea level rise. More land, given over to natural barriers, could protect them—if the law around landfill catches up to the city's changing needs.
- WBUR

Events

This Week
Save the Date
  • Financing the Clean Economy, a webinar from the C3E Women in Clean Energy series, featuring investors in emerging energy transition technologies. Thursday, July 22, 2-3 pm. Register.
     
  • Applied Energy Symposium: MIT A+B, a three-day symposium co-hosted by MIT and Harvard on A) the rapid deployment of existing, proven low-carbon energy technologies, and B) the development of next-generation energy technologies that could begin deployment at the terawatt scale by mid-century. August 11-13.
     
  • Climapalooza, Boston's annual climate action rally and benefit concert. Friday, September 17, 7-9 pm. Save the date.

News & Media from MIT

deforestation in the Amazon
Are Brazil's Amazon policies "crimes against humanity"?: A campaign for International Criminal Court investigation into Brazilian deforestation of the Amazon and killings of environmental activists is testing the limits of the Court's jurisdiction outside times of war.
- Undark
a sunny sky
Can the most exciting new solar material live up to its hype?: Perovskite solar cells are cheaper, more efficienct, and more flexible than silicon-based solar panels. But as they near commercialization, the material's fragility remains a barrier to the most exciting use cases.
- MIT Technology Review

Opportunities

Internships, Fellowships and Work Opportunities
  • Job: ESI is hiring a one-year, full-time postdoctoral associate in environment and sustainability education, to execute phase 1 of a project expanding climate and sustainability education capacity in U.S. secondary and higher education. Learn more and apply.
     
  • Student Job: The MIT Office of Sustainability is hiring upper-level undergraduate or graduate students as summer fellows, to advance projects in data analytics and carbon offsets. Apply.
     
  • Job: Rare is a hiring a Boston Program Director to lead a local program inspiring individuals to make high-impact behavior changes to reduce carbon emissions. Apply.
     
  • Jobs: The Environmental Data and Governance Initiative is hiring a part-time UX designer and web developer, to create an online portal for public access to EPA data on nearby polluting facilities.
     
  • Job: The Sequoia Climate Fund is hiring a Climate Policy Data Scientist to support the fund's grantmaking with credible data analyses and methodologies to assess the emissions abatement potential of a wide variety of project types. Apply.
     
  • Job: Better Future Project is hiring a 350 Mass Membership Manager to help coordinate the organization's large network of Massachusetts volunteers. Apply.

Grants, Scholarships, Contests and Funding Opportunities
  • Contest: The Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists awards recent PhD recipients for essays describing their thesis research. Winners in four categories, including ecology & environment, receive up to $30,000, publication of their essays in Science, and a trip to Sweden. Apply by July 15.
     
  • Contest: The ClimateScience Olympiad 2021 is open for registrations. Compete in teams of 2 to create solutions for the UN sustainable development goals, with $10,000 in prizes on offer in the final round at the COP25 UN climate summit in Glasgow. Register by August 1.
     
  • Accelerator Program: Greentown Labs has launched the Healthy Buildings Challenge, offering networking, mentorship, office space, and $25,000 in grant funding to startups focused on building technologies that optimize for both human health and climate change mitigation. Read the RFP and apply by August 25.

Volunteer and Student Group Opportunities
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