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Vehicle Fuel Economy Standards as Global Climate Policy 

How much can they deliver, and at what cost?

Journal of Transport Economics and Policy study assesses potential impacts on  environment, energy and economy. More...


Sharing water along the Nile

In NY Times column, MIT researchers explain how technical analysis can avoid potential conflict.

Managing a river system with multiple dams requires sophisticated joint management with a shared knowledgebase and scientific modeling framework. More...


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Messing with the monsoon 

How manmade aerosols can alter rainfall in the world’s most populous region

Journal of Climate study illustrates the potential for flooding and reduced agricultural output in parts of the Indian subcontinent. More...



Around Campus

Climate Change Contest Selects Grand Prize Winner 

Solar panel system wins $10,000 prize for technology that makes energy and water more accessible in the developing world

At MIT's Crowds and Climate conference, the Climate CoLab awarded its 2015 contest winners. More...



On the path to Paris, Obama and Xi invite stronger global climate ambition

In ChinaFAQs column, Valerie Karplus assesses joint statement on emissions reductions

Commitments could have far-reaching effects in building momentum for Paris climate talks and enabling global low-carbon transition. More...


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Fertilize the ocean, cool the planet? 

MIT researchers find unintended consequences.

A study published in Nature’s Scientific Reports shows that this geoengineering method, while offsetting greenhouse gas-induced warming, would significantly reduce rainfall in some regions. 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