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MIT News | Jul 11, 2017
By 2050, the Southwest will produce significantly less cotton and forage, researchers report

A new study by MIT climate scientists, economists, and agriculture experts finds that certain hotspots in the country will experience severe reductions in crop yields by 2050, due to climate change’s impact on irrigation.

The most adversely affected region, according to the researchers,...

Around Campus
MIT News | Jul 06, 2017

Study finds large amounts of carbon dioxide, equivalent to yearly U.K. emissions, remain in surface waters

MIT climate scientists, including EAPS Associate Professor and Joint Program collaborator MIck Follows, have found that the ocean’s export efficiency, or the fraction of total plankton growth that is sinking to its depths, is decreasing, due mainly to rising global temperatures.
IIASA | Jun 29, 2017

Even if we cannot predict the climate and its impacts with precision, that does not mean that the best strategy is to do nothing, writes MIT Joint Program Deputy Director Sergey Paltsev in IIASA Options Magazine

Despite 193 countries adopting the Paris Agreement on climate change in 2015, and its entrance into force in November 2016, the issue of climate change is still hotly debated. People question the realism of both the targets—limiting global temperature rise this century to “well below 2°C above...

News Release
Jun 28, 2017
Sarah Fletcher receives new graduate fellowship and “Best Presentation” award

From 1997 to 2009, Melbourne, Australia experienced what was ultimately called the Millennium Drought, the worst drought on record in the island continent. To compensate, the city’s water planners invested about $3 billion in 2007 in a 150-million-cubic-meter (MCM)/year reverse osmosis...

Climate Home | Jun 27, 2017

Climate Home: China is planning the world’s biggest carbon market, but with little detail given for its design, praise for the scheme is premature. Joint Program research assistant Emil Dimantchev comments.

By Emil Dimantchev

Much hype surrounds China’s national carbon market. Expected to begin later this year, the cap and trade system has been ballyhooed as an “ambitious” climate policy that will deliver a major portion of Beijing’s pledge to the Paris Agreement.

News Brief

Chaire Economie du Climat: Jonathan B. Wiener, J.D., author of a new essay on the current status and possible future of U.S. climate policies, spoke on this topic at the XL (40th) MIT Global Change Forum in March.

A professor of law and environmental and public policy at Duke University, Jonathan B. Wiener has written widely on U.S., European and international environmental law and risk regulation.  
In The News
NPR Marketplace | Jun 22, 2017

NPR Marketplace: MIT Joint Program Co-Director John Reilly comments on the economic and societal impacts of heat waves, which are becoming more frequent under climate change

By Kimberly Adams

When air gets really hot, like 120 degrees hot, it means two things for the air-traveling public in the Southwestern United States. One, your plane will have to go faster to generate enough airflow over its wings to get enough lift to get off the ground. But two, the...

Washington Post | Jun 22, 2017

Washington Post: MIT Joint Program-affiliated EAPS Prof. Kerry Emanuel co-authors op-ed critiquing the EPA administrator's call for opposing teams to debate climate change science

By Benjamin Santer, Kerry Emanuel and Naomi Oreskes June 21 at 1:08 PM


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Around Campus
MIT News | Jun 22, 2017

Funding will establish MIT professorship and support low-carbon energy and climate initiatives

Emily Dahl | MIT Energy Initiative  June 21, 2017

Press Inquiries

In The News | Jun 20, 2017 The 0.2 C figure “reflects only the incremental effect of Paris when built upon all the previous commitments made through the UNFCCC,” and “assumed no further strengthening of national commitments in years after 2030,” says MIT Joint Program Co-Director John Reilly. 

By Vanessa Schipani Posted on June 14, 2017

President Donald Trump and his top environmental official said the Paris Agreement would reduce the global average temperature by only 0.2 degrees Celsius. Former Vice President Al Gore said that’s “not true.” Who’s right?