Updated estimates will enable evaluation of complex multi-sector, economy/natural resource interactions
CBS MoneyWatch news story cites global temperature projections from MIT Joint Program's 2016 Outlook
A spate of hot, wet weather this summer and over the past few growing seasons has left Wisconsin apple farmers concerned about their futures. Though September is traditionally the time people begin to flock to orchards, picking apples and drinking cider, this year's weather hasn't been good for...
New insights into the role of water vapor may help researchers predict how the planet will respond to warming
Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office September 24, 2018
Just as an oven gives off more heat to the surrounding kitchen as its internal temperature rises, the Earth sheds more heat into space as its surface warms up. Since the 1950s, scientists have observed a surprisingly straightforward,...
Real-word driving produces up to 16 times more emissions, causing 2,700 premature deaths across the EU, researchers estimate
Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office September 21, 2018
In September 2015, the German automaker Volkswagen was found to have illegally cheated federal emissions tests in the United States, by intentionally programming emissions control devices to turn on only during laboratory testing. The...
To curb greenhouse gas emissions, nations, states, and cities should aim for a mix of fuel-saving, flexible, and highly reliable sources
David L. Chandler | MIT News Office September 6, 2018
In major legislation passed at the end of August, California committed to creating a 100 percent carbon-free electricity grid — once again leading other nations, states, and cities in setting aggressive policies for slashing...
Findings suggest new policy models and cost-cutting technologies could help nuclear play vital role in climate solutions
Francesca McCaffrey | MIT Energy Initiative September 4, 2018
How can the world achieve the deep carbon emissions reductions that are necessary to slow or reverse the impacts of climate change? The authors of a new MIT study say that unless nuclear energy is meaningfully incorporated...
Selin will spearhead the master's program for students whose research addresses societal challenges at the intersection of technology and policy
Scott Murray | Institute for Data, Systems, and Society August 24, 2018
Noelle Selin, an associate professor with a joint appointment in the MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS) and the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), has been appointed the...
Joint Program study cited in Huffington Post (Canada) blog
One of the world’s most densely populated regions may push the boundaries of habitability by the end of this century, study finds
A region that holds one of the biggest concentrations of people on Earth could be pushing against the boundaries of habitability by the latter part of this century, a new study shows.