In the News

Trump Raises Eyebrows over New Appointment 

Donald Trump has chosen a climate change skeptic to head the US Environmental Protection Agency

BBC World Service: MIT Joint Program Co-Director Emeritus Henry Jacoby comments on the policy implications... More...

News Release

Projecting the Impacts of Land-Use Change

New book chapter highlights the Joint Program’s approach to representing land use in global computable general equilibrium models

Chapter appears in Computable General Equilibrium Models of Society, Vol. 3 in the World Scientific Publishing Company's four-volume World Scientific Reference on Natural Resources and Environmental Policy in the Era of Global Change. More...

In the News

Earth Isn’t Doomed Yet 

The climate could survive Trump policies

New York Times: Nonetheless, the author, citing projections from the MIT Joint Program's 2015 Energy and Climate Outlook, cautions that the world remains imperiled by greenhouse gas emissions associated with climate change. More...


Around Campus

How Online Tools and Open Innovation can Support Implementation of Paris Agreement 

MIT Climate CoLab presents an innovative approach at the UN international climate talks in Marrakech, Morocco

The MIT Joint Program is partnering with Climate CoLab to develop the National Climate Plan Accelerator, a global online network to help countries create detailed, expert-validated plans to meet or exceed the goals in their nationally-determined contributions as specified in the Paris Agreement. More...


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Climate Models May Be Overestimating the Cooling Effect of Wildfire Aerosols

Accounting for year-to-year variability enables more accurate projections of climate change and its impacts

Joint Program study in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics shows that this overestimation could lead to errors in projections of surface temperature and rainfall. More...

Exploring the Impact of Global Environmental & Economic Change

Science and Policy Working Together

Understanding the complex, long-term changes in our land, air and water requires breakthroughs in measurement, modeling and prediction.

Responding to these changes requires innovative policies that comprehend agriculture, energy needs, trade and finance — along with the political and communications savvy to organize a genuinely global approach.

The Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change is MIT's response to these research, analysis, and public education challenges.

At the heart of much of the Program’s work lies MIT’s Integrated Global System Model (IGSM), a linked set of computer models designed to simulate the global environmental changes that arise as a result of human causes. In this way, it explores the interplay between the Earth systems and the human systems. More...

Examines the world's development path and the food, water, energy and climate implications.

This comprehensive tool analyzes interactions amoung humans and the climate system

A collaborative research project with China