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Finding 'Hot Spots' Where Compounding Environmental, Economic Risks Converge

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Exposure to airborne particulate matter in the U.S., by location.

Credit: MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change

A computational tool developed by scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change can pinpoint U.S. counties prone to economic strain from switching to low-carbon energy sources from fossil fuels.

The STRESS (System for the Triage of Risks from Environmental and Socio-economic Stressors) platform displays risk for such economic distress on a map, showing counties most likely to benefit from green job retraining initiatives.

The multi-sector dynamics-based platform taps data including biodiversity, demographics, and environmental equity so users can evaluate risks within a geographical region.

MIT's C. Adam Schlosser said, "The STRESS platform provides decision-makers with an efficient way to combine and analyze data on those risks that matter most to them, identify 'hot spots' of compounding risk, and design interventions to minimize that risk."

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