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Global Changes Summer 2016

Published triannually, Global Changes reports on Joint Program research results, news and events

HIghlights include water problems in Asia's future, integrating wind energy in China's grid, the geography of carbon pricing, and the future of the ocean as food source and carbon sink. More...

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Unfriendly Skies

Study shows long-lasting health, economic impacts of lead emissions from U.S. general aviation flights 

Environmental Science & Technology paper presents first assessment of the nationwide annual costs of IQ losses that can be attributed to aviation lead emissionsMore...


Making China's Economic Transition Work for Global Climate and the Local Environment

"The question now is whether or not—and how—China can achieve further progress on climate change while advancing its own development goals."

The Joint Program's Valerie Karplus and Michael Davidson offer their perspective in ChinaFAQs. More...


In the News

Uncertainty Can't Be an Excuse for Climate Inaction, Researchers Argue

Writers warn that waiting for absolute certainty in climate models spells doom for a warming planet

MIT Joint Program Co-Director John Reilly comments on the need for climate risk analysis in Inside Climate News article. More...



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Tropical Storm Relief

Crop damage assessment method could enable more precise, timely delivery of food aid 

Joint Program Research Scientist Elodie Blanc co-authors study in the Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology on method to provide more immediate, accurate assessment of typhoon-inflicted rice damage. 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