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New Climate Studies: Worse Risks at 2°C Rise, Higher Rise Likely

Although the Paris agreement aims for a 2°C warming cap, new findings show that even a 1.5°C rise will hit glaciers hard

Erwan Monier tells Eos: Even if COP21 pledges are met/extended from 2030 to 2100, global temperatures are on track to rise 3°C above preindustrial average. More...

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Higher Coal Use in Asia Could Increase Water Stress 

Aerosol emissions would slow warming but suppress rainfall

Study projects reduced rainfall in regions already struggling with water resources. More...

Around Campus

There’s Something in the Air

Colette Heald studies atmospheric gases and particles, and how they affect air quality and climate

Her research explores the intricate patterns of the atmosphere’s composition and chemistry, and how they affect ecosystems, air quality and the climate. More...

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MIT Outlines Progress on its Five-Year Climate Action Plan 

Progress report underscores strong collaboration across campus to address climate change

Joint Program to have representation on new Climate Action Advisory CommitteeMore...

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How Much of a Difference Will the Paris Agreement Make?

Joint Program study projects end-of-century climate under different scenarios

Results presented at European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2016 in Vienna. 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