Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change
Our complex food future and how to respond
March 1, 2012Today’s global challenges will significantly affect how we grow our food. But these challenges are so complex and intertwined that response measures require collaboration and a broad, integrated lens.
MIT researcher: U.S. taking leadership on mercury in the environment
January 20, 2012Noelle Eckley Selin joins the EPA's regional administrator, Curt Spalding, and other public health experts to speak about the EPA's recent Mercury and Air Toxics Standards.
A shale gas revolution?
January 3, 2012MIT report shows prosperous shale gas market could hurt future R&D, if we let it.
Where the wind blows
October 25, 2011How far can wind power go toward reducing global carbon emissions from electricity production?
What can make a dent?
October 24, 2011Given the enormous scale of worldwide energy use, there are limited options for achieving significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
Introducing the China Energy and Climate Project
October 5, 2011In collaboration with Tsinghua University, MIT launches a new research project to analyze the impact of China’s existing and proposed energy and climate policies.
Valuing the trees through the forest
September 8, 2011Competing demands for food, fuels, and forests
A new way to model urban air pollution
August 29, 2011MIT researchers improve upon methods to model atmospheric aerosols.
The impact of climate policy on U.S. aviation
June 8, 2011Researchers find that a federal climate policy would lower total U.S. emissions, but without large reductions in the aviation sector.
Study: U.S. drought risk to increase with climate change
April 19, 2011While impacts will vary by region, projections indicate that drought frequency will increase throughout most of the contiguous United States.
Financial impacts of ‘cap and trade’
August 4, 2010Analysis shows that, contrary to some claims, proposed legislation to limit carbon emissions would not disadvantage those with lower incomes.
3 Questions: Henry Jacoby on Copenhagen
December 9, 2009The co-director of MIT’s Global Change program discusses what to expect from the U.N. Climate Change Conference, and the effects of ‘Climategate’
3 Questions: Sergey Paltsev on the costs of climate-change legislation
November 4, 2009MIT’s Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change has pegged the annual cost of the proposed cap-and-trade legislation in Congress at $400 per U.S. household. But estimating the cost of doing nothing is far more difficult.