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.   


Double Impact: Why China Needs Coordinated Air Quality and Climate Strategies

Why China needs a national CO2 price as soon as possible.

MIT's Prof. Valerie Karplus writes for the Paulson Institute's Papers on Energy and Energy and Environment series. More...


Oil will flow like milk and honey. Here's why

Worldwide, people are learning to live with less gas, but that's a hard habit to keep.

John Reilly writes in USA Today that we can expect oil prices to remain low for the forseeable future.  More...



Dara Entekhabi on NASA's soil-moisture mission

MIT professor is lead scientist on three-year mission to study how soil, water, and carbon interact.

NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite is scheduled to launch from Vandenburg Air Force Base on January 30, 6:20 A.M. Pacific Time.  More...

Photo: Artist's rendering of SMAP; courtesy of NASA.   

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