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News Release
Penn State News | Nov 14, 2019
Climate sensitivity to changes in atmospheric CO2 may be underestimated in individual climate models

A'ndrea Elyse Messer

November 12, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Equilibrium climate sensitivity — how sensitive the Earth's climate is to changes in atmospheric carbon dioxide — may be underestimated in individual climate models, according to a team of climate scientists.

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Around Campus

MIT team found that air quality impacts of aviation emissions significantly exceed climate impacts

New research from MIT’s Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment has quantified the climate and air quality impacts of aviation, broken down by emission type, altitude and location. Writing in Environmental Research Letters, the research team examines how this damage can be mitigated, and...

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News Release
Nov 08, 2019
The case of Taiwan

As the Paris Agreement nears the four-year mark and signatories prepare to account for progress to date on national pledges to reduce climate-warming greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, it’s important to note that some countries have a much heavier lift than others. A case in point is Taiwan, where...

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In The News
Houston Chronicle | Nov 06, 2019

Joint Program Co-Director John Reilly to present findings from report on deep decarbonization on Capitol Hill (Houston Chronicle) (Additional Coverage: Washington Examiner)

By James Osborne

 Updated 10:12 am CST, Tuesday, November 5, 2019

WASHINGTON - Getting the power grid to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 will be far less costly if nuclear power, along with wind and solar energy, can be expanded, according to scientists from the Massachusetts...

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News Release
MIT News | Nov 06, 2019

Recommendations could help companies deliver more useful disclosures to investors on risks they face due to climate change

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office November 6, 2019

An MIT white paper released today outlines a series of recommendations on how companies, particularly those in the oil and gas industry, can use scenario analysis to effectively disclose risks and opportunities they face as a result of...

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In The News
Associated Press | Nov 05, 2019

Joint Program Co-Director Emeritus Henry Jacoby envisions lost U.S. prestige as other nations take leadership of ongoing Paris Agreement effort (AP)

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS (SETH BORENSTEIN)

November 4, 2019, 12:49 AM EST Updated on November 4, 2019, 12:50 AM EST

Washington (AP) -- For more than two years President Donald Trump has talked about pulling the United States out of the landmark Paris climate agreement . Starting Monday he...

Commentary
LA Times | Nov 04, 2019

There are five features that combine to make global warming a more vexing environmental crisis than any we have faced before (LA Times)

Even now that most of the world has acknowledged that climate change is real and caused by humans, combating it has proved daunting. Why? There are five features that combine to make global warming a more vexing environmental crisis than any we have faced before.

Commentary
The Hill | Nov 02, 2019

Good news: the American public finally appears to accept that global warming is a problem. Bad news: a substantial percentage of the public is unwilling to pay much to do anything about it. (The Hill)

The good news is that the American public finally appears to accept that global warming is a problem. The bad news is that a substantial percentage of the public is unwilling to pay much to do anything about it. At first glance these may seem to be contradictory messages.

Panelists at the MIT Climate Symposium: Steven Ansolabehere, Henry Jacoby, Leah Stokes, and Richard Schmalensee.
News Release
MIT News | Oct 31, 2019

MIT News: Joint Program Co-Director Emeritus Henry Jacoby and panelists at MIT climate change symposium discuss challenges of climate policy and adaptation. (Video)

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office

In the second of six symposia on climate change to be held this academic year, seven experts from around the country tackled the topic of “challenges of climate policy.” The Oct. 29 event included three panel discussions held at MIT’s Wong...

In The News
NBC News | Oct 30, 2019

Joint Program Founding Co-Director Emeritus Henry Jacoby emphasizes need for Paris Agreement signatories to resolve reporting rules in advance of COP25 (AP)

President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping had hoped to sign a modest trade agreement at the APEC summit, formerly scheduled to take place in Santiago on Nov. 16-17. Under the tentative deal, the U.S. had agreed to suspend plans to raise tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese imports,...

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