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Ocean acidification may cause dramatic changes to phytoplankton

Study finds many species may die out and others may migrate significantly as ocean acidification intensifies.

In a study published today in Nature Climate Change, a team of researchers from MIT and elsewhere report that increased ocean acidification will dramatically affect global populations of phytoplankton.  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...

Photo: Aerial view of the Nile River.  


Amanda Giang on controlling mercury pollution in India and China

MIT graduate student studies how a new UN treaty could affect mercury emissions from coal power plants in Asia.

Giang is coauthor of a recent study published in Environmental Science & Technology that evaluates how India and China might meet the requirements of the Minamata Convention on Mercury.  More...

Photo: Banks of the Ganges River in Varanasi, India.   

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

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