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Yale Climate Connections | Jan 05, 2021

Adding the essential but missing risk management considerations to the next national climate assessment is an important step for the incoming Biden administration

By Gary Yohe, Henry Jacoby, Richard Richels, and Benjamin Santer | Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Imagine a major climate change law passing the U.S. Congress unanimously? Don’t bother. It turns out that you don’t need to imagine it. Get this:

The Global Change Research Act of 1990 was passed...

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MIT News | Jan 04, 2021

Researchers identify a mechanism by which small particles in the atmosphere can generate more frequent thunderstorms

Observations of Earth’s atmosphere show that thunderstorms are often stronger in the presence of high concentrations of aerosols — airborne particles too small to see with the naked eye.

For instance, lightning flashes are more frequent along shipping routes, where freighters emit...

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MIT serves as a laboratory for a multifaceted approach to address the Institute’s own contributions to climate change

Nicole Morell | MIT Office of Sustainability

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December 18, 2020

In 2015, MIT set a goal to reduce its annual greenhouse gas emissions by a minimum of 32 percent by the year 2030. Five years later, the Institute has reduced emissions by 24 percent, remaining...

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MIT News | Dec 17, 2020

New study suggests waters will become more turbulent as Arctic loses summertime ice

Eddies are often seen as the weather of the ocean. Like large-scale circulations in the atmosphere, eddies swirl through the ocean as slow-moving sea cyclones, sweeping up nutrients and heat, and transporting them around the world.

Nov 30, 2020
Perspective from the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change

For much of 2020, Covid-19 has captured the world’s attention. The pandemic has impacted billions of lives, and with over a million deaths and counting, continues to drive home a profound message that the survival and well-being of our growing and complex society hinges on our willingness to...

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Insights, news, projects, publications and other developments at the MIT Joint Program
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Nov 24, 2020
Former Joint Program Co-Director John Reilly quoted in new report from Capgemini Research Institute

Former MIT Joint Program Co-Director John Reilly is quoted on page 23 of "Climate AI: How artificial intelligence can power your climate action strategy," a new report from the Capgemini Research Institute:

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Nov 23, 2020
ILP-MIT Joint Program webinar explores climate-related physical and transition risks

Many world regions face increasing pressures from global and regional changes in climate, population growth, urban-area expansion, and the socio-economic impacts of fossil-based development. Human interference in the global climate system contributes significantly to changes in regional and...

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MIT News | Nov 20, 2020

Policymakers are hopeful that a Biden administration will encourage congressional action

To stave off the worst immediate outcomes of climate change, the U.S. needs to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050, according to a report released this June by the U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.

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MIT Spectrum | Nov 16, 2020

Noelle Selin explores toxin’s history, works to change policy (MIT Spectrum)

BACK BEFORE THE WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN, before Covid-19 gripped the globe and our bodies, back when you could easily take an airplane to a remote destination for vacation, Noelle Selin did just that.