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MIT News | Oct 22, 2018

Researchers and experts attend African Sustainable Development Conference at MIT

Taylor De Leon | Civil and Environmental Engineering  October 19, 2018

Climate change, a surging population, and increasing demand for food, housing and natural resources present Africa and the world with extraordinary challenges.

News Brief
Oct 17, 2018
MIT study underscores growing concern

Airborne particulates, or aerosols, produced by coal-burning power plants and other human activities may help offset global warming, but they may also reduce rainfall in regions that are already water-stressed.

Around Campus
MIT News | Oct 17, 2018

Long-term melting may lead to release of huge volumes of cold, fresh water into the North Atlantic, impacting global climate

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office  October 17, 2018

The Beaufort Gyre is an enormous, 600-mile-wide pool of swirling cold, fresh water in the Arctic Ocean, just north of Alaska and Canada. In the winter, this current is covered by a thick cap of ice. Each summer, as the ice melts away, the...

News Release
MIT News | Oct 16, 2018
Faster, cheaper modeling method could improve understanding of long-term atmospheric chemistry and provide a powerful risk assessment tool

To assess long-range risks to food, water, energy and other critical natural resources, decision-makers often rely on Earth-system models capable of producing reliable projections of regional and global environmental changes spanning decades. A key component of such models is the representation...


Joint Program Deputy Director Sergey Paltsev provides an "Expert Perspective" in long-term climate strategies for the World Resources Institute

The UN Paris Agreement has established a target of keeping the increase in the global average surface temperature to “well below” 2°C relative to preindustrial levels, and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature rise to 1.5°C. As greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions continue to rise around the...

In The News
Daily Beast | Oct 05, 2018

But only if the world acts together, says MIT Joint Program Co-Director John Reilly in a Daily Beast news story

This summer, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a 500-page environmental impact statement.

Buried within the pages, it snuck in a well-known but horrifying climate prediction: At their current pace, global temperatures will rise seven degrees Fahrenheit by...

News Release
MIT News | Oct 05, 2018
MIT report highlights challenges and opportunities for conserving natural resources and stabilizing the climate

In 2015 the Paris Agreement specified the need for its nearly 200 signatory nations to implement greenhouse gas emissions reduction policies consistent with keeping the increase in the global average temperature since preindustrial times to well below 2°C—and pursue efforts to further limit that...

In The News
CBS MoneyWatch | Sep 28, 2018

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...

Around Campus
MIT News | Sep 25, 2018

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,...

Around Campus
MIT News | Sep 21, 2018

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...