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MIT researchers provide better estimates of worldwide mercury pollution

New findings show Asia produces twice as much mercury emissions as previously thought.

An international team led by MIT researchers has conducted a new analysis that provides more accurate estimates of sources of mercury emissions around the world. The result of this work, researchers say, could improve estimates of mercury pollution, and help refine pollution-control strategies around the world.  More...

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MIT researchers find ocean acidification may cause dramatic changes to phytoplankton

Increased ocean acidification will dramatically affect global populations of phytoplankton.

In a study published July 20 in Nature Climate Change, a research team including MIT researchers reported that increased ocean acidification by 2100 will change the balance of plankton species around the world.  More...

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Measuring climate change action

MIT analysis informs a new EPA report on the effects of curbing climate change.

A report recently released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) relies on Joint Program research to estimate the effects of climate change.  More...

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Carbon emissions in China: Can new policies curtail their growth?

MIT researchers evaluate whether or not China can reach its emissions goals.

MIT Prof. Valerie Karplus talks with MITEI's Energy Futures about the China Energy and Climate Project's China Energy Outlook.  More...


International Experts Analyze Impacts of Ethiopian Dam

Report from MIT conference addresses potential effects of huge construction project.

MIT researchers address the technical issues involved in constructing and operating the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.  More...

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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...

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