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MIT News | Jul 24, 2017
A 50-year dry spell has reversed, with more rain to come

An MIT study published today in Nature Climate Change finds that the Indian summer monsoons, which bring rainfall to the country each year between June and September, have strengthened in the last 15 years over north central India.

News Release
Jul 20, 2017
Study highlights need to improve modeling of carbon-rich Northern Eurasia

Spanning Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, the former Soviet Union and Northern China, Northern Eurasia is a bellwether for the future of climate change. Having undergone the fastest rate of climate change in the human-populated world in the past few decades, the region has endured dramatic natural...

Around Campus
MIT News | Jul 18, 2017

MIT Joint Program-affiliated professor of atmospheric chemistry honored for her contributions to atmospheric science

Helen Hill | EAPS  July 18, 2017

Susan Solomon, the Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Studies at MIT, has been awarded the UK Royal Society’s prestigious Bakerian Medal.

In The News
Boston Globe | Jul 14, 2017

Boston Globe: Study is one of the first to examine how the warming climate could affect the availability and distribution of the water basins that farmers depend on for irrigation (Additional coverage: KJZZ)

By Alyssa Meyers

Climate change could deplete some US water basins and dramatically reduce crop yields in some areas by 2050, according to researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

A study by a group of MIT scientists and economists is one of the first to examine...

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In The News
MIT ClimateX | Jul 13, 2017

MIT Joint Program Co-Director John Reilly discusses the complex nature of climate modeling, and the challenges faced by the climate science community in the current political climate

In episode 2 of Climate Conversations, host Rajesh Kasturirangan is joined by ClimateX team members Curt Newton and Laura Howells.

The team explores the role of market forces in tackling climate change and are joined by special guest John Reilly, who discusses the complex nature of...

News Release
MIT News | Jul 11, 2017
By 2050, the Southwest will produce significantly less cotton and forage, researchers report

A new study by MIT climate scientists, economists, and agriculture experts finds that certain hotspots in the country will experience severe reductions in crop yields by 2050, due to climate change’s impact on irrigation.

The most adversely affected region, according to the researchers,...

Around Campus
MIT News | Jul 06, 2017

Study finds large amounts of carbon dioxide, equivalent to yearly U.K. emissions, remain in surface waters

MIT climate scientists, including EAPS Associate Professor and Joint Program collaborator MIck Follows, have found that the ocean’s export efficiency, or the fraction of total plankton growth that is sinking to its depths, is decreasing, due mainly to rising global temperatures.
IIASA | Jun 29, 2017

Even if we cannot predict the climate and its impacts with precision, that does not mean that the best strategy is to do nothing, writes MIT Joint Program Deputy Director Sergey Paltsev in IIASA Options Magazine

Despite 193 countries adopting the Paris Agreement on climate change in 2015, and its entrance into force in November 2016, the issue of climate change is still hotly debated. People question the realism of both the targets—limiting global temperature rise this century to “well below 2°C above...

News Release
Jun 28, 2017
Sarah Fletcher receives new graduate fellowship and “Best Presentation” award

From 1997 to 2009, Melbourne, Australia experienced what was ultimately called the Millennium Drought, the worst drought on record in the island continent. To compensate, the city’s water planners invested about $3 billion in 2007 in a 150-million-cubic-meter (MCM)/year reverse osmosis...

Climate Home | Jun 27, 2017

Climate Home: China is planning the world’s biggest carbon market, but with little detail given for its design, praise for the scheme is premature. Joint Program research assistant Emil Dimantchev comments.

By Emil Dimantchev

Much hype surrounds China’s national carbon market. Expected to begin later this year, the cap and trade system has been ballyhooed as an “ambitious” climate policy that will deliver a major portion of Beijing’s pledge to the Paris Agreement.