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.
2014 Energy and Climate Outlook
Unless we change direction, the future world will be 3–5°C warmer, thirstier, still dependent on fossil fuels
Global temperature is likely to rise 3.3–5.6°C by the end of this century, unless international climate negotiations in Paris next year are more effective than expected, according to a report released Monday by the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. The predicted temperature increase surpasses the threshold identified by the United Nations as necessary to avoid the most serious impacts of climate change, altering precipitation patterns and heightening the pressures of population and economic growth.
“Our world is rapidly changing,” said John Reilly, co-director of the MIT Joint Program and a coauthor of the report, “We need to understand the nature of the risks we’re facing so we can prepare for them.” Continue...
Read the 2014 Energy and Climate Outlook