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Is the US-China Climate Deal a Game-Changer?

Prof. Valerie Karplus talks with the Energy Collective's Jesse Jenkins. 

The announcement of a joint pledge to cut emissions between the world's two largest carbon emitters: the United States and China, made global headlines when it was announced in November. In this interview, Valerie Karplus, an asssistant professor in MIT's Sloan School of Managment, discusses the details of the deal.  More...

Three Questions

Are we entering a golden age of LNG?

MIT researcher Sergey Paltsev studies just how big the market for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) could get. 

In a report released Tuesday, December 2, Joint Program Researchers examine the prospects for LNG trade over the coming decades. The report estimates that LNG trade volumes will increase from about 240 Mt LNG in 2014 to 340–360 Mt LNG in 2021.  More...

Carbon Emissions in China

How far can new efforts bend the curve?

MIT report finds that China's emissions could begin to drop in the coming decades.

The study released last month by the Tsinghua-MIT China Energy & Climate Project concludes that Chinese emissions will peak sometime between 2025 and 2035, if agressive measures like higher carbon and coal taxes are put in place.   More...

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Jimmy Gasore: Catching Air

Jimmy Gasore is working on Africa’s first high-frequency climate observatory in his native Rwanda.

The Advanced Global Atmospheric Gases Experiment (AGAGE) has high-frequency climate observatories in many locations, but lacks emissions and atmospheric data on Africa — the world’s second-largest continent. Jimmy Gasore, a fourth-year graduate student in MIT’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, is trying to change that.  More...

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Understanding Climate Change Uncertainty

Accounting for uncertainty is vital for our uncertanding of risks. 

In an article in World Meteorological Organization Bulletin MIT researchers explain how they account for different sources of uncertainty in climate modeling, and what they're doing to reduce it.  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