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3Q: Kerry Emanuel on a “Parexit” and the serious risks of climate change

In open letter, 375 National Academy of Sciences members warn against opting out of Paris Agreement

Emanuel speaks with MIT News about the impetus for the letter and the impact the presidential election could have on the role of the U.S. in fighting climate change. More...



In the News

Why a Price on Carbon Alone Isn’t the Golden Ticket 

'Binding constraints' of politics set carbon prices far lower than the true social cost of carbon

Research by Valerie Karplus and Jesse Jenkins informs analysis in a Wall Street Journal commentary. More...


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Computing the Ocean’s True Colors   

Stephanie Dutkiewicz’ phytoplankton models project the future of the ocean as food source and carbon sink

The Joint Program principal research scientist's models simulate phytoplankton population dynamics in the ocean and project how those dynamics will change in coming decades. More...

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How Might a Steep Decline in Aerosols Impact the Climate?   

EAPS PhD student Daniel Rothenberg targets one of climate modeling’s biggest unknowns

The Joint Program research assistant has spent the past two years developing concepts and software aimed at reducing the uncertainty in the magnitude of aerosols' indirect cooling effect. More...

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MIT, Québec Research Institutions Launch Initiative to Analyze Low-Carbon Energy Policy Options for New England/Québec Region   

Québec Premier and MIT Vice President for Research speak at Boston signing ceremony; Hydro-Québec CEO pledges funding

Research collaboration aims to provide evidence-based foundation for policy throughout the region that addresses climate change and promotes a clean energy future. 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 energy and climate implications.

This comprehensive tool analyzes interactions amoung humans and the climate system

A collaborative research project with China