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The Green Future Index 2021

The Green Future Index 2021

MIT Technology Review

The Green Future Index 2021


5 pillars to a green future: carbon emissions, energy transition, green society, clean innovation, and climate policy

This week we introduce "The Green Future Index 2021," a research program by MIT Technology Review Insights, the custom publishing division of MIT Technology Review.

The Green Future Index is a ranking of 76 leading countries and territories on their progress and commitment toward building a low carbon future. It measures the degree to which their economies are pivoting to clean energy, industry, agriculture, and society through investment in renewables, innovation and green finance.

Experience the interactive index now to better understand if your country is making the right investments in building a green future. In addition, you can check out this week’s round-up stories on humanity's greatest challenge–the global climate emergency.


What Musk's $100 million carbon capture prize could mean

Climate change / Carbon sequestration

What Musk’s $100 million carbon capture prize could mean

Tesla's CEO is using a little of his growing wealth to accelerate progress on ways to prevent carbon dioxide pollution or pull it from the sky. Read more

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President-elect Joe Biden stands on stage with US Senators-elect Raphael Warnock, right, and Jon Ossoff, left, in Atlanta on Jan. 4.

Climate change / Clean energy

The odds of US climate progress just improved a bit

Democrats now have a thin advantage in the Senate, but it's enough to get some things done. Read more


The Silverado Fire, which started in late October, burns toward a home in Irvine, California.

Climate change / Clean energy

The pandemic taught us how not to deal with climate change

We must transform the economy, not halt it, to prevent runaway warming. And we're doing it far, far too slowly today. Read more

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How Amazon's offsets could exaggerate its progress toward net zero emissions

Climate change / Carbon sequestration

How Amazon's offsets could exaggerate its progress toward "net zero" emissions

Researchers fear such programs often overstate carbon reductions and allow companies to sidestep the tougher parts of cleaning up their operations. Read more


Our midcentury climate goals require radical change today

Climate change / Clean energy

Our midcentury climate goals require radical change today

Achieving "net-zero" emissions will require "unparalleled changes" in the next decade. Read more

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