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Joint Program Featured in CNN Article on Climate Change

Includes commentary by John Reilly and climate change calculator based on methodology co-developed by Adam Schlosser

Reilly: "We need to abate as aggressively as we can." More..

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Wind and Solar Infrastructure: To Build or Not to Build

Study gauges climate impacts on renewable energy production in southern Africa

Long-term emissions cutbacks could considerably lower risk to renewable energy supply. More..

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Will the Paris Climate Summit Lead to a Cooler Planet?

Leading climate economists discuss prospects for a global agreement

Panellists explore what's needed to ensure meaningful climate action. More...

Around Campus

DOE's Kenderdine Outlines Nation's Energy Priorities

Former executive director of MIT Energy Initiative describes roadmap for averting devastating climate change.

In MIT talk, Kenderdine recaps scientific understanding of the threat of climate change developed by Joint Program Co-Director Ronald Prinn. More...

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Report: Expected Paris Commitments Insufficient to Stabilize Climate by Century's End 

Global temperature likely to rise 3.1–5.2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by 2100

2015 Energy and Climate Outlook projects likely impacts of current policies and pledges on global climate, emissions and energy mix. More...

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MIT Announces Five-Year Plan for Action on Climate Change

Hundreds of millions sought for low-carbon research; advocacy for carbon pricing; a call to the alumni and beyond 

MIT Climate Action Plan cites Joint Program and Center for Global Change Science for "groundbreaking work that demonstrates how climate science, policy and economics interact." 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