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Will the Paris Climate Summit Lead to a Cooler Planet?

Leading climate economists discuss prospects for a global agreement

Panellists explore what's needed to ensure meaningful climate action. More...


On the path to Paris, Obama and Xi invite stronger global climate ambition

In ChinaFAQs column, Valerie Karplus assesses joint statement on emissions reductions

Commitments could have far-reaching effects in building momentum for Paris climate talks and enabling global low-carbon transition. More...



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

Why China needs a national COprice as soon as possible.

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

Photo: Air pollution in Shanghai  


Asia's Tilt at Emissions Trading

Valerie J. Karplus, Director of the China Energy and Climate Project, discusses the impacts and broader significance of the just-launched Korean emissions trading system on Channel NewsAsia’s Between the Lines. More...

Photo: Busan, South Korea. Image credit IWY/Wikipedia.



China Could Deliver on Its Carbon Promise Earlier than Expected

In an agreement announced last week, China and the United States, which together account for some 45 percent of the globe’s total carbon dioxide emissions, pledged to make significant efforts in the next 10 to 15 years to limit their CO2 emissions. More...

Introducing the China Energy and Climate Project

Multi-disciplinary research effort to develop new tools for tough questions

Multiple forecasts suggest that rapidly developing nations such as China will be responsible for most of the growth in carbon dioxide emissions over the next 50 years. This expectation is the driving force behind the formation of a new project involving researchers from MIT and China, known as the China Energy and Climate Project (CECP), which officially launched in October of 2011.

The CECP is an alliance between the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change and the Institute for Energy, Environment and Economy at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. At MIT, the CECP is associated with and supported by the MIT Energy InitiativeThe goal of the CECP is to analyze the impact of existing and proposed energy and climate policies in China on technology, energy use, the environment and economic welfare by applying — and, where necessary, developing — both quantitative and qualitative analysis tools. Read more.

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