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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.
2012 Energy and Climate Outlook
Report Shows Growing Population Will Increase Global Climate Challenges
As populations across the world grow, new research out of MIT shows the rising influence of large or developing countries in shaping our future global challenges.
MIT's Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change's 2012 Energy and Climate Outlook report projects that energy use could double by 2050. China alone could go from having about 50 million cars and trucks on the road to having about 300 million in less than 40 years. Fast-growing G20 nations – including Russia, Brazil, Mexico, China, India and other developing Asian countries – could put four times more vehicles on the road by 2050 than they have today.
"While we have known for some time that large economies outside Europe, North America and Japan would have a growing influence on greenhouse gas emissions and the climate, the dramatic increase in their energy use and emissions [by 2050]," as projected in the new report, "is staggering," says John Reilly, the co-director of the Joint Program on Global Change and a lead author of the study. Continue...
Read the 2012 Energy and Climate Outlook