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ClimateWire | May 11, 2017

ClimateWire: MIT Joint Program Research Scientist Kenneth Strzepek comments on the need for flexibility in water-sharing agreements in the Nile basin

Kavya Balaraman, E&E News reporter

Published: Friday, May 5, 2017

Climate change could play a role in exacerbating water conflict in Africa, likely worsening geopolitical wrangling over issues like the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

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J-WAFS | May 09, 2017

MIT Joint Program-affiliated researcher Collette Heald is leading an effort to better understand the relationship between air pollution and agriculture

Agriculture and air pollution are in close and complex relationship to one another.  While agriculture contributes significantly to air pollution – emitting fumes from nitrogen-rich fertilizers and animal waste as well as carbon from fossil fuels – air pollution can also significantly (and...

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MIT News | May 08, 2017

Campus energy “dashboard” will provide detailed information to Institute’s faculty, staff, and students

The rollout of this central data “dashboard,” called Energize_MIT, is the latest in a series of steps implementing the goals and commitments set out in MIT’s 2015 Plan for Action on Climate Change, which draws on MIT Joint Program expertise. 
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MIT News | May 03, 2017

Associate Professor Paul O'Gorman, an MIT Joint Program-affiliated researcher, describes three questions climate scientists recently suggested should frame the future of climate research

Lauren Hinkel | Climate@MIT  May 3, 2017

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MIT News | May 02, 2017

Joint Program researcher Valerie Karplus awarded grant for project focusing on the response of industrial firms to energy-efficiency policies

Using detailed data from firms in China, Germany, and the United Kingdom, Karplus will investigate what characteristics of firms determine how policy affects production costs and firm competitiveness. Earlier seed grant led to U.S. EPA funding for Noelle Selin and Susan Solomon's project...
In The News | May 01, 2017 features online discussion based on MIT Joint Program Research Scientist Jennifer Morris's Energy Journal paper "Hedging Strategies: Electricity Investment Decisions under Policy Uncertainty." 

1. Is it appropriate for investors to hedge against market exposure by placing capital into technologies that result in cleaner burning fossil generation? 2. Will private and public investors accept the risk and continue on a path of cheap fossil fuels, or increase holdings toward the 20-30 percent...
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MIT News | Apr 28, 2017

At MIT, former Congressman Bob Inglis speaks about climate and free enterprise

Inglis made the case for a “tax swap”: implementing a tax on carbon while offsetting its revenues with a reduction in income or payroll taxes. This way, Inglis said, the U.S. can unleash a wave of clean energy innovation, driving down planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions without harming economic...
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MIT News | Apr 26, 2017
Climate data analyst Thomas Karl describes global temperature and precipitation measurement and interpretation in the 16th Henry W. Kendall Memorial Lecture

When a 2013 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) indicated that the Earth’s average surface temperatures had remained flat between 1998 and 2012, climate skeptics seized on this apparent “hiatus” as evidence that global warming is not happening.

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MIT News | Apr 24, 2017

Climate change could lead to overall increase in river flow, but more droughts and floods, study shows

The unpredictable annual flow of the Nile River is legendary, as evidenced by the story of Joseph and the Pharaoh, whose dream foretold seven years of abundance followed by seven years of famine in a land whose agriculture was, and still is, utterly dependent on that flow. Now, researchers at...

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University of Bristol | Apr 18, 2017

New study in PNAS co-authored by MIT Joint Program Co-Director Ronald Prinn pinpoints possible cause of a sudden, unexpected global rise in atmospheric methane in 2007

Press release issued: 17 April 2017

Since 2007, scientists have been searching to find the cause of a sudden and unexpected global rise in atmospheric methane, a potent greenhouse gas, following almost a decade in which concentrations had...