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The Conversation | Feb 12, 2020

Joint Program researchers call for ongoing investigation of, stricter controls on U.S. cross-state air pollution (The Conversation) (Republished in Salon)

Scientists estimate that each year in the U.S., outdoor air pollution shortens the lives of about 100,000 people by one to two decades.

As it turns out, much of this pollution originates not in a person’s own neighborhood, but up to hundreds or even thousands of miles away in neighboring...

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MIT News | Feb 12, 2020
Study tracks pollution from state to state in the 48 contiguous United States

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office February 12, 2020

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More than half of all air-quality-related early deaths in the United States are a result of emissions originating outside of the state in which those deaths occur, MIT researchers report today in the...

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Global Futures Project | Feb 12, 2020

Joint Program Deputy Director Sergey Paltsev serves as expert reviewer of new report for government and business decision-makers

Executive Summary:

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MIT Climate | Feb 06, 2020

In ten-minute MIT Climate podcast, MIT energy economist John Reilly demystifies fossil fuels 

Fossil fuels -- coal, natural gas, and oil -- provide the large majority of our power in the United States and around the world. In this episode of TILclimate (Today I Learned: Climate), John Reilly of the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change joins host Laur...

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MIT Energy Initiative | Feb 04, 2020

MIT Energy Initiative podcast features Joint Program Co-Director John Reilly and faculty affiliate Noelle Selin


John Reilly, senior lecturer, MIT Sloan School and co-director, Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change

Noelle Selin, associate professor, MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society and Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences


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Jan 25, 2020
MIT Professor Ronald Prinn presents highlights in science keynote at 100th Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society

MIT TEPCO Professor of Atmospheric Science Ronald Prinn described how the field of atmospheric chemistry has advanced from 1920 to 2020 in a core science keynote address at the 100th Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society, the world’s largest yearly gathering for experts in the...

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Jan 21, 2020
New method enables a more comprehensive assessment of the impact of climate change on agriculture

The Science

Statistical emulators of global gridded crop models are designed to provide a far less computationally intensive way to assess the impact of climate change on crop yields. This study advances statistical emulators to provide an accessible tool to assess the impact of climate...

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University of Bristol | Jan 21, 2020

An international team of scientists, including Joint Program Co-Director Ronald Prinn, has found atmospheric levels of HFC-23 growing at record values (Coverage: The Guardian, Technology Review)

Press release issued: 21 January 2020

Despite reports that global emissions of the potent greenhouse gas, HFC-23, were almost eliminated in 2017, an international team of scientists, led by the University of Bristol, has found atmospheric...

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MIT News | Jan 17, 2020
Workshop highlights how MIT research can guide adaptation at local, regional and national scales

500-year floods. Persistent droughts and heat waves. More devastating wildfires. As these and other planetary perils become more commonplace, they pose serious risks to natural, managed and built environments around the world. Assessing the magnitude of these risks over multiple decades and...

News Release • China Energy & Climate Project
Jan 17, 2020
How concurrent climate and air pollution policies could prove a win-win combination

In 2013, more than 100 nations sought to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury with the Minamata Convention on Mercury. Two years later, nearly 200 nations aimed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the Paris Agreement on climate change.