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Link to Article | Jul 27, 2014
Ozone and higher temperatures can combine to reduce crop yields, but effects will vary by region.

By David L. Chandler

Many studies have shown the potential for global climate change to cut food supplies. But these studies have, for the most part, ignored the interactions between increasing temperature and air pollution — specifically ozone pollution, which is known to damage crops....

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Link to Article | Jun 11, 2014
New research examines regulations to cut carbon emissions and finds benefits to cap and trade system.

Evan Lehman
E&E reporter

It turns out that cap and trade might not be so bad after all.

New research shows that reducing carbon emissions through regulations like the administration's recent rules on power plants cuts less carbon at a higher price than the embattled...

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MIT News | Jun 10, 2014

MIT researchers compare regulatory policies to a price on greenhouse gases and discover both the national and regional impacts.

In The News
Link to Article | May 27, 2014
MIT study finds that springtime ozone levels are good predictors of summertime temperatures in the Southern Hemisphere.

By Jennifer Chu

For the past two summers, Australians have sweated through record heat waves, with thermometers climbing as high as 118 degrees Fahrenheit in parts of the country. In January, officials were forced to halt tennis matches during the Australian Open due to extreme heat — a...

In The News
Link to Article | May 14, 2014
New analysis of cyclones shows migration away from tropics and toward the poles in recent decades.

by Peter Dizikes

Powerful, destructive tropical cyclones are now reaching their peak intensity farther from the equator and closer to the poles, according to a new study co-authored by an MIT scientist.

The results of the study, published today in the journal...

In The News
Link to Article | May 08, 2014
Multidisciplinary program, to be led by Susan Solomon, will encourage collaborations among researchers in different fields. 

David Chandler
MIT News Office

MIT has announced a major new campuswide initiative to promote transformative, cross-disciplinary research relating to the environment.

The initiative will be formally launched in the fall, and its founding director will be...

The Blue Marble
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AP | May 07, 2014
Henry D. Jacoby, codirector emeritus of the Joint Program and coauthor of the National Climate Assessment comments on the report.

Global warming is rapidly turning America the beautiful into America the stormy, sneezy and dangerous, according to a new federal scientific report. And those shining seas? Rising and costly, the report says.

Climate change's assorted harms "are expected to become increasingly disruptive...

In The News
Link to Article | May 07, 2014
Henry D. Jacoby, codirector emeritus of the Joint Program, talks to Amanda Lang of the CBC's Lang and O'Leary Exchange about the findings of the Third National Climate Assessment. 

Joint Program codirector emeritus Henry Jacoby appeared on CBC's The Lang & O'Leary Exchange to discuss the findings of the Third National Climate Assessment. Jacoby is a...

Los Angeles Times | Apr 25, 2014
Global Change researcher Michael Greenstone and coauthors write about the importance of natural experiments" in calculating the costs and benefits of environmental regulations."

Last week, a divided court of appeals upheld what may well be the most important environmental rule in the nation's history: the Environmental Protection Agency's mercury standards. The regulation is expected to prevent up to 11,000 premature deaths, 4,700 heart attacks and 130,000 asthma...

President Kagame of Rwanda
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MIT News | Apr 23, 2014

Yesterday, Paul Kagame, the president of Rwanda, visited MIT to discuss existing collaboration between his country and MIT, as well as to explore the possibility of broadening its scope. Kagame was traveling with Rwandan Ambassador to the United States Mathilde Mukantabana, Rwanda’s Permanent...