News, Events and Outreach
Communication is a key objective of the Joint Program that is pursued through many channels, including news outlets, educational events, professional activities and the Global Change Forum. The Joint Program places a high priority on conveying our research results, analysis methods and assessment conclusions to a broad range of audiences. These include fellow researchers and students in the climate community, as well as policymakers, industry leaders, environmental organizations, educators, the press and the public.
Individual Joint Program faculty, staff and graduate students participate in many activities where they communicate the research results and interpret the policy relevance of the analytical work. These venues include workshops and conferences, testimony to policymakers, corporate and government briefings, media interviews, teaching and coursework, seminars and other events, public lectures and presentations, and an extensive collection of publications made available on the Internet.
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2016 Energy and Climate Outlook
Even if the Paris Climate Agreement is Implemented, Food and Water Supplies Remain At Risk
If all pledges made in last December’s Paris climate agreement (COP21) to curb greenhouse gases are carried out to the end of the century, then risks still remain for staple crops in major “breadbasket” regions and water supplies upon which most of the world’s population depend. That’s the conclusion of researchers at the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change in the program’s signature publication, the 2016 Food, Water, Energy and Climate Outlook, now expanded to address global agricultural and water resource challenges.
Recognizing that national commitments made in Paris to reduce greenhouse gas emissions fall far short of COP21’s overarching climate target—to limit the rise, since preindustrial times, in the Earth’s mean surface temperature to two degrees Celsius by 2100—the report advances a set of emissions scenarios that are consistent with achieving that goal. Read more...
Related: 2016 Energy and Climate Outlook