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WGBH | Apr 26, 2019

MIT Joint Program Co-Director John Reilly explains why solar panels reduce more emissions than trees (WGBH)

Environmentalists usually love solar panels. But are they quite as lovable if you cut down a tree to put one up?

That's what's been happening in Massachusetts. The state Department of Energy Resources estimates that approximately 2,500 acres of trees — equal to the size of 50 Boston...

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MIT News | Apr 25, 2019

Six campus events to focus on the urgent challenges of climate change and climate action

MIT News Office  April 22, 2019

The following letter was sent to the MIT community on April 23 by President L. Rafael Reif

To the members of the MIT community,

Starting next fall and ending on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day – a year from today – MIT will hold a series of...

News Release
MIT News | Apr 18, 2019
New method identifies opportunities to learn and adapt to changing temperature and precipitation trends

In Kenya’s second largest city, Mombasa, the demand for water is expected to double by 2035 to an estimated 300,000 cubic meters per day. In Mombasa’s current warm and humid climate, that water comes from a substantial volume of precipitation that may also change significantly as the region...

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Apr 18, 2019
Study shows how Brazil could meet Paris climate goals at minimum cost

As the largest economy in Latin America and the seventh largest emitter of greenhouse gas emissions—primarily from agriculture (32%), land-use change and deforestation (28%) and fossil fuel consumption (27.7%)—Brazil plays a key role in global climate negotiations.

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Insights, news, projects, publications and other developments at the MIT Joint Program

Growing demands on natural resources underscore need for risk assessment and response

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MIT News | Apr 11, 2019

In MIT talk, Lord Nicholas Stern calls the next 20 years “absolutely defining” for society

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office  April 11, 2019

Prominent economist and policymaker Lord Nicholas Stern delivered a strong warning about the dangers of climate change in a talk at MIT on Tuesday, calling the near future “defining” and urging a rapid overhaul of the economy to reach net...

XLII Global Change Forum
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Apr 10, 2019
Key takeaways from the XLII (42nd) MIT Global Change Forum

The pace of global change poses multiple risks to communities and ecosystems, but also presents unprecedented opportunities to address those risks and cultivate a more resilient and prosperous future.

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Joint Program extreme-weather-event modeling method featured in Scientific Computing World article on weather prediction

In The News
Washington Post | Mar 26, 2019

Climate policies around the globe remain woefully inadequate, says MIT CEEPR Deputy Director Michael Mehling (Washington Post)

“We are headed for disaster, and nobody seems to be able to slow things down,” a Stanford University professor said.

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MIT News | Mar 20, 2019

Maike Sonnewald adapts a method that identifies areas of the global ocean with similar physics, revealing global dynamical regimes

Kelsey Tsipis | EAPS  March 20, 2019

Oceanographers studying the physics of the global ocean have long found themselves facing a conundrum: Fluid dynamical balances can vary greatly from point to point, rendering it difficult to make global generalizations.