News + Media

Around Campus
MIT School of Science | Jan 09, 2022

Arlene Fiore uses satellite data paired with ground observations to refine our understanding of ozone smog and interactions with meteorology and climate

Climate change and air pollution are interlocking crises that threaten human health. Reducing emissions of some air pollutants can help achieve climate goals, and some climate mitigation efforts can in turn improve air quality.

One part of MIT Professor Arlene Fiore’s research program is...

Yale Climate Connections | Jan 05, 2022

The 1.5 degrees goal can be a ‘useful spur to action,’ but it’s not a make or break point. Importantly, each 0.1-degree increase avoided is ’cause for celebration and hope.’ (Yale Climate Connections)

“Keep 1.5 alive” emerged as the haunting refrain of the recent United Nations climate conference in Glasgow. Although a well-intentioned rallying cry, it raises important questions about how the chant is to be interpreted. Unfortunately, 1.5° centigrade is often presented as an immutable crisis...

Around Campus
MIT News | Jan 04, 2022

New findings may help researchers hone predictions for where phytoplankton will migrate with climate change

Prochlorococcus are the smallest and most abundant photosynthesizing organisms on the planet. A single Prochlorococcus cell is dwarfed by a human red blood cell, yet globally the microbes number in the octillions and are responsible for a large fraction of the world’s oxygen production as they...

Jan 04, 2022

In this video, high school student Jada Abdalati explores how a carbon tax could help accelerate a transition to a low-carbon future that better positions the world to meet long-term climate change goals. Guest experts include MIT Joint Program Co-Director Emeritus John Reilly. The video won...

News Release
MIT News | Jan 03, 2022
Optimizing U.S. climate policy design for a just energy transition

In November inflation hit a 39-year high in the United States. The consumer price index was up 6.8 percent from the previous year, due to major increases in the cost of rent, food, motor vehicles, gasoline and other common household expenses. While inflation impacts the entire country, its...

News Release
Insights, news, projects, publications and other developments at the MIT Joint Program
In The News

Analysis led by MIT Joint Program Deputy Director C. Adam Schlosser identifies the scope and severity of storm and flood risks to key U.S. petrochemical industry facilities in Texas and Louisiana (Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists)  

Gathering storm  


The Houston Ship Channel winds through the city's colossal industrial landscape of tanks filled with chemicals. (Glasshouse Images)

A Bulletin investigation by Tristan Baurick


Ask MIT Climate banner V4_WEB.jpg
News Release

The parts of the planet being measured are our land and ocean surfaces: what we call global average surface temperatures. (Featuring guest expert C. Adam Schlosser, deputy director of the MIT Joint Program) (MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative)

When scientists say the Earth has warmed by 1° Celsius, which parts of the planet are being measured? The parts of the planet being measured are our land and ocean surfaces: what we call global average surface temperatures.  


Around Campus
MIT News | Dec 09, 2021

New results show North Atlantic hurricanes have increased in frequency over the last 150 years (Coverage: Washington Post, Reuters)

When forecasting how storms may change in the future, it helps to know something about their past. Judging from historical records dating back to the 1850s, hurricanes in the North Atlantic have become more frequent over the last 150 years.

News Release

Findings in study co-authored by Joint Program Senior Research Scientist Stephanie Dutkiewicz could improve accuracy of climate change projections (Univ. of Rhode Island)

Media Contact: 

Todd McLeish 401-874-2116 

Posted on November 17, 2021