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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...

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2014 Energy and Climate Outlook

Unless we change direction, the future world will be 3–5°C warmer, thirstier, still dependent on fossil fuels, report finds.

The 2014 Energy and Climate Outlook explores changes in global energy, climate, land and water systems, with an eye toward the outcome of the 2015 UN climate talks in Paris. More...


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Study: Cutting Emissions Pays for Itself

Savings from healthier air can make up for some or all of the cost of carbon reduction policies. 

In a study published in Nature Climate Change MIT researchers find that savings on health care spending and other costs related to illness from better air quality can be big—in some cases more than 10 times the cost of policy implementation.  More...


Why a Global-Warming Pact Won't Stop Global Warming

How should success at high-stakes international talks be measured?

The National Journal covers an MIT study that finds that the 2015 UN climate talks in Paris are unlikely to limit global temperature increase to frequently stated goals.  More...


THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION: Curbing air pollution could help crops thrive

Controlling air pollution could help curb projected declines in global food supplies, says a new MIT study, suggesting policymakers should consider both climate change and ozone pollution in efforts to ensure the world has enough food. 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