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Aug 21, 2017
Pledges to catalyze opportunities for continuous improvement in sustainability of commodity crop production

The MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change announced today that it has joined Field to Market®: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, a leading multi-stakeholder initiative working to unite the agricultural supply chain in defining, measuring and advancing the...

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Aug 17, 2017
Study explores steps needed to measure each nation’s climate progress

Under the Paris Agreement on climate change, each of nearly 200 countries has defined its own contribution to reducing global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions based on local interests, politics and economics.

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Tufts University | Aug 15, 2017

Tufts University-led study--co-authored by three MIT Joint Program researchers--predicts growth of cyanobacteria in lakes and reservoirs due to global warming. Coverage: NPR/Michigan Radio, WGBH

MEDFORD/SOMERVILLE (August 15, 2017) – Harmful algal blooms known to pose risks to human and environmental health in large freshwater reservoirs and lakes are projected to increase because of climate change, according to a team of researchers led by a Tufts University scientist.

The team...

In The News
Smithsonian | Aug 15, 2017

It’s a challenge to attribute any one storm or heat wave to climate change, but scientists are getting closer. MIT Joint Program Deputy Director C. Adam Schlosser comments in

By Kyle Frischkorn


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MIT News | Aug 14, 2017
One drought remedy: Keep infrastructure fast, cheap, and under control

If you live in the developed world, safe water is usually just a faucet-turn away. And yet, global warming, drought conditions, and population growth in coming decades could change that, ushering in an era of uncertain access to water.

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News Release
Aug 11, 2017
MIT Joint Program researchers organize and co-edit symposium on the topic in Review of Environmental Economics and Policy 

A symposium on "Estimating the Impacts of Climate Change on Agriculture" coordinated by MIT Joint Program Co-Director John Reilly and co-edited by Joint Program Research Scientist Elodie Blanc appears in the Summer 2017 issue of the journal Review of Environmental Economics and Policy. The...

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The Conversation | Aug 10, 2017

In The Conversation, MIT Joint Program Research Scientist Jennifer Morris makes an economic case for why U.S. electricity providers should increase their investments in non-carbon power sources. Additional coverage: Salon

When utility executives make decisions about building new power plants, a lot rides on their choices. Depending on their size and type, new generating facilities cost hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars. They typically will run for 40 or more years – 10 U.S. presidential terms. Much...

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Only if the government provides subsidies to farmers who invest in the practice, suggests study co-authored by MIT Joint Program Research Scientist Kenneth Strzepek


Will sustainable land management mitigate Ethiopia’s land degradation challenges?

AUGUST 9, 2017


Around Campus
MIT News | Aug 07, 2017

Simons Foundation supports enhanced computer infrastructure for MIT's Darwin Project, which focuses on marine microbes and microbial communities that impact the ocean's food web and global carbon cycle

Helen Hill | EAPS  August 4, 2017

Microbes mediate the global marine cycles of elements, modulating atmospheric carbon dioxide and helping to maintain the oxygen we all breathe, yet there is much about them scientists still don’t understand. Now, an award from the Simons Foundation will...

In The News
US News and World Report | Aug 04, 2017

Various studies suggest the problem of rising temperatures is growing. Joint Program Co-Director John Reilly and CEEPR Deputy Director Michael Mehling comment in US News & World Report.

Christine Huang, Contributor | US News & World Report

As new reports indicate that Earth's temperature will likely increase by two degrees Celsius by the end of the century, scientist and economists are once again urging the government to take immediate action to avoid the most...