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Climate Change Explainers

Get answers to questions about climate change science, solutions, and related topics, written by scientists and experts via the MIT Climate Portal.

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How does the environmental impact of mining for clean energy metals compare to mining for coal, oil and gas?
Can we use the pipelines and power plants we have now to transport and burn hydrogen, or do we need new infrastructure?
Could we help plants remove more CO2 from the atmosphere by harvesting them and storing their carbon?
What are the best policies to transition home heating away from oil and gas?
Public Transportation
Why isn’t my kid learning about climate change in their high school classroom?
How much is captured CO2 worth?
Net Zero Emissions
Are electric vehicles definitely better for the climate than gas-powered cars?
Renewable Energy
Would stopping plastic pollution help with climate change? How do we do it?
Climate Targets
Does the concrete needed to build renewable energy cancel out the benefits?
Why did the IPCC choose 2°C as the goal for limiting global warming?
Will mining the resources needed for clean energy cause problems for the environment?
What is “sustainability”? Is it the same thing as taking action on climate change?
Do we have the technology to go carbon neutral today?
The Paris Agreement
Why have I heard that eating meat is bad for the climate?
What method of waste disposal is best for the climate?
Why don’t we use tidal power more?
If cities require new buildings to use 100% electric heat, will that raise or lower their greenhouse gas emissions?
How are countries held accountable under the Paris Agreement?
Wind Energy
How can we reduce the climate footprint of the suburbs?
How does the climate impact of cross-laminated timber compare to steel or concrete?
How much does natural gas contribute to climate change through CO2 emissions when the fuel is burned, and how much through methane leaks?
Electric Vehicles
What can cities and towns do to lower extreme temperatures?
How much carbon dioxide would we have to remove from the air to counteract climate change?
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