The Center for Global Change Science (CGCS) seeks to better understand the natural mechanisms in ocean, atmosphere and land systems that together control the Earth’s climate, and to apply improved knowledge to problems of predicting climate changes. The Center utilizes theory, observations, and numerical models to investigate climate phenomena, the linkages among them, and their potential feedbacks in a changing climate. More about CGCS.
Climate scientists meet for biannual research meeting to discuss global emissions For decades, climate scientists around the globe have worked together to document and measure the composition of the Earth’s atmosphere. This group, the Advanced Global Atmospheric Gases Experiment (AGAGE), …View full post
Nitrous oxide emissions decrease during El Niño, increase during La Niña. Nitrous oxide is commonly associated with laughing gas — the pleasantly benign vapor that puts patients at ease in the dentist’s chair. But outside the dentist’s office, the gas …View full post
Projected climate change in West Africa unlikely to worsen malaria As public-health officials continue to fight malaria in sub-Saharan Africa, researchers are trying to predict how climate change will impact the disease, which infected an estimated 219 million people in …View full post
MIT researcher Noelle Selin assesses the challenges of implementing the first global mercury treaty. After four years of negotiations, delegates from more than 140 countries met last January to finalize the first global treaty to mitigate and prevent mercury pollution, …View full post
New MIT study finds vehicle emissions are the biggest contributor to these premature deaths. Researchers from MIT’s Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment have come out with some sobering new data on air pollution’s impact on Americans’ health. The group …View full post
MIT researchers build a marine ecosystem model to explore the effects of climate change on phytoplankton. Phytoplankton — small plant-like organisms that serve as the base of the marine ecosystem — play a crucial role in maintaining the health of …View full post