Historical responsibilities and climate impacts of the Paris agreement
Apr 21, 2016 - This press conference presents new research assessing the extent to which some developed and developing nations are to blame for climate change, from emissions to temperature increase contributions.
Scientific American: Asia Faces Water Shortages
Apr 15, 2016 - Joint Program Deputy Director Adam Schlosser comments on the future of water stress in Asia
The Action Agenda - A Collaborative Approach to Addressing Climate Change
Mar 2, 2016 - Janos Pasztor, Senior Advisor to the U.N. Secretary-General on Climate Change, describes the U.N.’s Action Agenda from its origins to its emergence at COP21 to its next steps.
MITEI Lunch and Learn on the United Nations Climate Change Conference—COP 21
Feb 18, 2016 - Professors Jake Jacoby, Valerie Karplus, Tom Malone, and John Sterman discussed their COP21 experiences on a panel moderated by MITEI Deputy Director Rob Stoner.
Nourishing People
Jan 16, 2016 - Evaluation of land resources by the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization suggest availability of arable land itself is not a major constraint on food production at least through mid-century, assuming continued yield improvements. There are, however, some wild cards that could vastly impact agriculture in the coming decades.
Paris and Beyond: Climate Change and the Future of Energy
Dec 4, 2015 - Professors Henry Jacoby, Valerie Karplus, and Xiliang Zhang discuss how COP21 could help shape the future global energy system.
The Paris Climate Summit: Prospects for a Global Agreement
Nov 12, 2015 - Leading climate economists discuss prospects for a successful outcome to the COP21 meeting.
Launching a New Climate Regime
Nov 10, 2015 - Henry "Jake" Jacoby Raises Climate Change Concerns at UNU-WIDER Conference
Climate Change: Science, Policy and Communication
May 11, 2015 - For the 2015 Karl Taylor Compton Lecture, MIT welcomes Professor Mario J. Molina, co-winner of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry and former Institute Professor.
PODCAST: What’s the Science behind Climate Change?
Apr 22, 2015 - Dan Cziczo, Kerry Emanuel, Christopher Knittel, and Andrew Whittle discuss their climate research on the All Ears MIT podcast.
Recent Global Temperature Trends: What do they tell us about anthropogenic climate change?
Apr 15, 2015 - Climate expert Jochem Marotzke visited MIT April 15 to deliver the 15th annual Henry W. Kendall Memorial Lecture, in which he discussed the global warming "hiatus" as well as the abilities and limitations of climate models.
The Economic and Societal Impact of Climate Change
Apr 2, 2015 - John Reilly speaks at Boston University. Event hosted by the BU Board of Trustees Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing.
Oceans in a Warming World
Feb 25, 2015 - John Marshall (Oceanography professor, EAPS; Director, MIT Climate Modeling Initiative) speaks about the role oceans play in global climate change.
Introducing Atmospheric Scientist - Prof. Ron Prinn
Dec 29, 2014 - Ronald G. Prinn talks with MIT’s Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences group about the Rwandan Climate Observatory project.
Getting Africa on the Climate Change Grid
Dec 29, 2014 - Graduate Student and Rwandan native Jimmy Gasore and Research Scientist Kat Potter are working to establish Africa’s first climate observatory.
Prospects and Challenges for High Penetration of Renewable Energy
Sep 24, 2014 - John Reilly at Polytechnique Montréal. Can renewables become the dominant source of electricity in Canada and the USA?
Earth Under Stress: Thinking differently about climate research
Jun 24, 2014 - Kerry Emanuel at MIT EAPS Tech Day 2014. Assessing the current understanding of the major climate processes and proposing new directions for climate research.
Solving the Energy Conundrum
Jun 24, 2014 - Christopher Knittel at MIT EAPS Tech Day 2014. Meeting human energy needs in a sustainable fashion will require not only bringing together investors, corporations, scientists, and policy makers but new ways of thinking. Can economics be the catalyst in this?
Data, Computing, and Visualization as an Aid to Understanding Global Change
Apr 24, 2014 - John Reilly speaks about the growing requirement for vast computational resources in the visualization and analysis of data and model results.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions and America's Climate Change Deniers
Jan 21, 2014 - John Reilly speaks with Warren Olney about the "clear and present danger" of climate change
The Role of Climate Sensitivity in Integrated Assessment Models
Nov 21, 2013 - John Reilly delivers a lecture during the YCEI conference, "Uncertainty in Climate Change: A Conversation with Climate Scientists and Economists".
Pricing Carbon LWV Forum
Nov 19, 2013 - John Reilly presents at the League of Women Voters event on the role of the free market in solving the climate crisis.
Reading the Clouds to Understand Climate Change
Oct 31, 2013 - Prof Cziczo is interviewed about his research on Contemporary Science Issues & Innovations
2013 Carlson Lecture: Sea Ice, Climate, and Observational Mathematics
Oct 10, 2013 - The John Carlson Lecture communicates exciting new results in climate science to the general public.
John Reilly - Modeling Land: Interactions among markets environment, and local land decisions
Sep 20, 2013 - John Reilly presents at the Cornell Institute for the Social Sciences
Winners and Losers: Phytoplankton in a Changing Climate
Sep 9, 2013 - Stephanie Dutkiewicz presents at the MIT Future of the Oceans Symposium
Debating the future of solar geoengineering
Aug 7, 2013 - Geoengineering Lecture Series Event with MIT Joint Program on Global Change and Harvard University Center for the Environment
Siemens World Energy Conference, Road to Daegu
Jul 9, 2013 - Co-Director John Reilly Speaks at Siemen's Energy Panel
Climate Change Policy that Makes Economic Sense
Apr 22, 2013 - In this Faculty Forum Online broadcast, Knittel discussed his studies of consumer and company reactions to energy price fluctuations and the implications of this work for effective environmental policies.
Climate Change. Challenges. Solutions. The Food Security Challenge
Apr 8, 2013 - John Reilly speaks at Northeastern's Open Classroom on Agriculture, Changing Climate, and Sustainable Food Production
The natural gas revolution and U.S. energy policy
Apr 5, 2013 - America Abroad host Madeleine Brand and Henry Jacoby discuss the impact that shale gas -- extracted by the method known as "fracking"-- has had on American energy policy.
Forging a New Direction in Climate Research
Feb 5, 2013 - Kerry Emanuel discussed a new approach to climate science that emphasizes basic understanding over black box simulation.
Massachusetts Confronts Climate Change: Action at the Intersection of Science, Technology, and Policy
Jan 25, 2013 - State officials join MIT faculty for this panel discussing why a strong approach combining mitigation and adaption is so urgently needed, and how Massachusetts is rising to the challenge.
Predicting Climate in a Chaotic World: How Certain Can We Be?
Nov 1, 2012 - The New England Aquarium was pleased to welcome the MIT Lorenz Center’s 2nd Annual John Carlson Lecture to the Simons IMAX Theatre on Thursday, November 1. The speaker was Professor Timothy Palmer of the Royal Society of Research.
Is America Profiting from Climate Change?
Oct 16, 2012 - Part of the MIT Museum's Climate and Conflict Series
Risky Politics
Oct 2, 2012 - Part of the MIT Museum's Climate and Conflict Series
The World's Chemistry In Our Hands: Global Environmental Challenges Past and Future
Sep 13, 2012 - Susan Solomon speaks about environmental achievements and lessons learned to help us confront climate change.
"Building the #Knowosphere: How new ways to share and shape ideas can help build durable progress on a finite planet"
Apr 23, 2012 - Andrew Revkin, Dot Earth Blogger, The New York Times
Cambridge Science Festival - What's Your Question? - Rivers of Ice
Apr 21, 2012 - The Joint Program's Paul Kishimoto spins the Greenhouse Gamble Wheels
The Open Fuels Standard: Solving the Chicken-and-Egg or Just Plain "Foul"?
Apr 18, 2012 - Tom Stricker, Toyota, on alternative fuels
The Secretary of Energy Advisory Board Subcommittee on Shale Gas Production
Dec 13, 2011 - John Deutch Speaking on the Future of the Shale Gas Industry.
Barilla Center on Food and Nutrition 3rd International Forum
Nov 30, 2011 - Speaking about the impact of climate change on agriculture and the food we eat.
The European Union Emissions Trading System: Dead End or Path to the Future?
Oct 10, 2011 - Denny Ellerman Speaking at the University of California, Santa Barbara Bren School of Environmental Science and Management
The European Union's CO2 Cap-and-Trade System in Perspective
Oct 10, 2011 - Speaking at the University of California, Santa Barbara Bren School of Environmental Science and Management
Clean Energy Innovation Reception
Jun 14, 2011 - MIT President Susan Hockfield, Governor Deval Patrick, Governor Jennifer Granholm
Rethinking Climate Change
Apr 21, 2011 - John Reilly, Kerry Emanuel, Ronald Prinn, Chris Knittle, Ernest Moniz, Sarah Slaughter
The Role of International Negotiations in Addressing the Climate
Apr 21, 2011 - Todd Stern, US Special Envoy for Climate Change
Toward a comprehensive Earth-System model
Apr 1, 2011 - Ron Prinn speaking at the NAS Sackler Colloquia
Air Pollution Trends and Impacts: Assessing Transportation in Context of Global Change
Mar 29, 2011 - Noelle Eckley Selin
Report Card on Obama: MIT Experts Assess Obama
Dec 9, 2010 - Barry Posen, Henry D. Jacoby, Simon Johnson
The Future of Energy
Sep 23, 2010 - Nazeer Bhore, Jose Bravo, John Reilly
The Future of Natural Gas- Interim Report Briefing
Jun 25, 2010 - Henry Jacoby, Tony Meggs, Ernest Moniz
Perspectives on Energy and Climate Policy Research
Jun 24, 2010 - Ronald Prinn, William Pounds, Mort Webster, Brian Flannery, Paul Eckbo, Arlie Sterling, Ian Sue Wing, Martin Zimmerman, JohnReilly
The Road from Copenhagen
Feb 5, 2010 - Ernest Moniz, Robert Stavins, Michael Greenstone, Stephen Ansolabehere, Edward Steinfeld, Henry Jacoby, John Sterman
The Great Climategate Debate
Dec 10, 2009 - December 10, 2009 - Kerry Emanuel, Richard Lindzen, Judith Layzer, Stephen Ansolabehere, Ronald Prinn, Henry Jacoby
Symposium on Engineering a Cooler Earth: Can We Do It? Should We Try?
Oct 30, 2009 - Thomas Karl, Tim Lenton, Philip Boyd, Joyce Penner, David Battisti, David Keith, James Fleming, Judy Layzer, Catherine Redgewell, Carl Wunsch, Cornelia Dean, Kerry Emanuel, Dara Entekhabi, Ronald Prinn
Global and Regional Climate Change: Underlying Science and Emerging Riddles
May 2, 2008 - Veerabhadran Ramanathan recaps 35 years of key findings, and brings his audience up to date on the latest climate data, models, and observations which together demonstrate how CO2 is but one piece of a complex puzzle.
How Would Climate Change Influence Society in the 21st Century? (Panel discussion)
Jan 29, 2008 - Rajendra Pachauri, John Reilly, Howard Herzog and others
Symposium on Earth System Revolutions: Key Turning Points in the History of Our Planet
Oct 9, 2007 - Paul Falkowski, Dianne Newman, Daniel Pauly, Ronald Prinn, Daniel Nocera, Roger Angel, Margaret Leinen, Brad Allenby
Uncertainties in Climate Forecasts: Causes, Magnitudes and Policy Implications
Apr 25, 2007 - Stephen Schneider reminds policy makers that scientists can't decree what constitutes a perilous increase in global temperatures. -It's not a scientist's judgment to decide what's dangerous."
Climate Change and The Challenge of Meeting Global Energy Demands Sustainability
Oct 18, 2006 - Kerry Emanuel, Ernest Moniz. Despite their calm demeanors, Kerry Emanuel and Ernie Moniz impart grave and pressing concerns about global warming to this Museum gathering.
Climate and Energy: Uncertainties in Forecasts and the Problems of Scale
Jun 15, 2006 - Ronald Prinn uses the Greenhouse Gamble wheels to demonstrate the risks and benefits of taking steps to mitigate climate change.
Changes in the Land: Environmental Stresses and the Terrestrial Biosphere's Capacity to Store Carbon
May 18, 2006 - Jerry Melillo paints a grim picture: human land use -- specifically the conversion of forests into agricultural land -- represents an irreversible loss of the capacity of the planet to store carbon.
Q&A: Energy for a Rapidly Evolving World
May 3, 2006 - With Henry Jacoby, Ronald Prinn, John Heywood, Karen Polenske and others.
From Complex Science to Contentious Policy: Lessons from Global Warming
Jun 8, 2002 - Ronald Prinn

Testimony to Policymakers

Providing expert testimony to policymakers is a notable event and important mode of communication for the Program. A key aspect of our mission is to provide objective information to the policy-making community that is helpful to their deliberations on global change issues. Responding to requests for testimony enables Program participants to directly communicate insights from their area of expertise and help contribute to improved understanding.

U.S. Congressional Testimony and Correspondence

The True Costs of Alternative Energy Sources: Are We Unfairly Penalizing Natural Gas?
U.S. Joint Economic Committee
April 26, 2012
Michael Greenstone
, Director of The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution and the 3M Professor of Environmental Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, participated in a Joint Economic Committee hearing examining the potential impact on the American Consumer due to loss of refining capacity. Greenstone focused on the true cost of alternative forms of energy, taking into account their social (i.e. health) costs. His testimony was based on his recent report, which was reported by the Washington Post. The testimony is available here.

An Open Letter to Congress from U.S. Scientists on Climate Change and Recently Stolen Emails
ber 4, 2009
Prof. Ronald Prinn and 24 leading U.S. scientists with substantial expertise on climate change and its impacts on natural ecosystems, our built environment and human well-being, assure policy makers and the public of the integrity of the underlying scientific research and the need for urgent action to reduce heat-trapping emissions. In response to the recent controversy dubbed 'Climategate', the scientists seek to set the record straight: The body of evidence that human activity is the dominant cause of global warming is overwhelming. The content of the stolen emails has no impact whatsoever on our overall understanding that human activity is driving dangerous levels of global warming. The letter is available here.

Allocation Issues in Greenhouse Gas Cap and Trade Systems
U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
October 21, 2009
Prof. Gilbert Metcalf participated in a Hearing on the costs and benefits for energy consumers and energy prices associated with the allocation of greenhouse gas emission allowances. Prof. Metcalf's written testimony is available here. The archived webcast of the hearing and other testimonies presented are available here.

Some Fundamentals of Allowance Allocation
U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
October 21, 2009
Dr. Denny Ellerman participated in a Hearing on the costs and benefits for energy consumers and energy prices associated with the allocation of greenhouse gas emission allowances. Dr. Ellerman's written testimony is available here. The archived webcast of the hearing and other testimonies presented are available here.

The Future of Fossil Fuels: Geological and Terrestrial Sequestration of Carbon Dioxide
U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources
May 1, 2007
Dr. Howard Herzog participated in a Hearing on carbon capture and sequestration and the future of fossil fuels. Dr. Herzog's written testimony is available here. Other transcripts from the hearing are available here.

The European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme
U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
March 26, 2007
Dr. Denny Ellerman participated in a Roundtable Hearing to discuss the progress of the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme and to receive information on lessons learned for policymakers who want to better understand how a market-based trading program could operate efficiently and effectively in the United States. A transcript of the hearing is available here.

Climate Change: A Growing Scientific Impetus for Policy
U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means
February 28, 2007
Prof. Ronald Prinn participated in a Hearing on energy and tax policy, the first in a series that focused on climate change. Prof. Prinn's written testimony is available here. Other transcripts from the hearing are available here.

Interpreting the Stern Review of the Economics of Climate Change
U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
February 13, 2007
Prof. Henry Jacoby participated in a Hearing on the Stern Review of the Economics of Climate Change, examining the economic impacts of climate change and stabilizing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Prof. Jacoby's written testimony is available here. A transcript of the full hearing is available here.


Other examples of testimony to policymakers and advice provided upon request include presentations to:

  • official E.U. bodies, such as the Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change to President Barrosso of the European Commission, on emissions trading;
  • non-U.S. governmental bodies, such as the Commission des affaires européennes of the French Assemblée Nationale, on the E.U. ETS;
  • the U.S. Congressional Budget Office, on insights into proposed cap-and-trade systems;
  • the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, on the economic analysis capabilities and methodology applied in the Joint Program's work;
  • the Executive Office of the President of the USA, on scenarios of greenhouse gas emissions and atmospheric concentrations;
  • regional groups, such as those working on the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative of the Northeastern U.S. (RGGI), on the issue of a safety valve; and
  • state-level associations, such as the California Air Resources Board, on emissions trading and air quality issues, and the Florida legislature, on issues of cellulosic biofuels and climate change mitigation.

Program participants also contribute their expertise in various advisory roles, in response to requests for briefings, and through involvement in steering committees, panels, and professional organizations. Outlets for this type of communication include involvement in national and international bodies such as the U.S. National Academies, the International Panel on Climate Change, and the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program; participation in Synthesis and Assessment activities of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program; as well as myriad informal contacts with government and international agencies, sponsor organizations, NGOs, and fellow researchers.

Geoengineering: Science and Governance

An MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change and Harvard University Center for the Environment initiative.


About the Seminar Series:

Solar geoengineering is the concept of deliberately cooling the Earth by reflecting a small amount of inbound sunlight back into space. It is the only currently known method for reducing temperatures in the short term (years to decades), and therefore has the potential to reduce many of the worst impacts of global warming. But what would be the side effects, both physical and socio-political? How would it work and who gets to decide if it is deployed?  Does humanity have the wisdom and the institutions to govern the development of such a powerful technology in this messy, multi-polar world?
This seminar series, held jointly by the Harvard University Center for the Environment (HUCE) and MIT’s Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, will explore the science, technology, governance and ethics of solar geoengineering. In bringing together international experts, participants will learn some of the greatest challenges and hear opinions on how this technology could and should be managed.

To find out about the next event, please visit: http://environment.harvard.edu/geoengineering. Or follow us on Twitter at #HarvMITGeoeng.






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