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.
Members of the media seeking more information or requesting an interview should contact Communications Officer Mark Dwortzan, at email@example.com
2015 Energy and Climate Outlook
Expected Paris Commitments Insufficient to Stabilize Climate by Century’s End
This December’s International climate negotiations in Paris are expected to yield reductions in manmade greenhouse gas emissions, but unless deeper cuts follow, the global temperature is likely to rise 3.1–5.2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by 2100, according to a report released on Monday by the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. The projected temperature increase far exceeds the 2°C threshold identified by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change as necessary to avoid the most serious impacts of climate change, from rising sea levels to more severe precipitation patterns to increased wildfires.
New pledges from countries responsible for the largest global share of greenhouse gas emissions, announced in advance of the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, promise to make barely a dent in the Earth’s warming trend, says MIT Joint Program Co-director John Reilly, a coauthor of the report. Read more...
Related: 2015 Energy and Climate Outlook