38 episodes

Climate change is confusing. This award-winning MIT podcast breaks down the science, technologies, and policies behind climate change, how it’s impacting us, and what our society can do about it. Each quick episode gives you the what, why, and how on climate change — from real scientists — to help us all make informed decisions for our future.

TILclimate MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative

    • Science
    • 4.8 • 101 Ratings

Climate change is confusing. This award-winning MIT podcast breaks down the science, technologies, and policies behind climate change, how it’s impacting us, and what our society can do about it. Each quick episode gives you the what, why, and how on climate change — from real scientists — to help us all make informed decisions for our future.

    TIL about winter storms

    TIL about winter storms

    Winters are warming faster than any other season here in the U.S. So why are some winter storms getting even more intense? Today, we’re going to explore the connections between climate change and extreme winter weather.

    • 11 min
    TIL about carbon offsets

    TIL about carbon offsets

    What if you could pay someone else to cancel out your carbon emissions? For this episode, we sat down with Dr. Barbara Haya from the University of California Berkeley to talk about how “carbon offsets” work and whether they are an effective tool for slowing climate change.

    • 14 min
    TIL about everyday travel

    TIL about everyday travel

    Roughly ten percent of the world’s CO2 emissions come from passenger vehicles: cars, pickups, motorcycles, buses, and taxis. So today, we’re going to zoom in on how people get around every day and what to consider when thinking about reducing carbon emissions from everyday travel.

    • 14 min
    TIL about electric cars

    TIL about electric cars

    Electric vehicles (EVs) are being touted as a major solution to climate change. But why is that? How do they work and what kinds of changes are needed as more EVs hit the road? To dig into this, we brought in MIT Sloan Prof. David Keith, who studies transportation technology.

    • 13 min
    TIL about hydrogen energy

    TIL about hydrogen energy

    Hydrogen gas acts like a fossil fuel, but with no carbon emissions. Is it the silver bullet we’ve been waiting for? Prof. Svetlana Ikonnikova of the Technical University of Munich joins us to bring light to how hydrogen works and its potential in the energy transition.

    • 14 min
    TIL about the changing ocean (part 2)

    TIL about the changing ocean (part 2)

    The ocean is a critical piece of the climate change puzzle. It's estimated that the ocean has absorbed about one third of the excess CO2 humans have added to the atmosphere and more than 90% of trapped heat in the atmosphere. So, today, we’re going underwater to talk about the ocean and climate change with renowned oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle.

    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
101 Ratings

101 Ratings

chupping ,

Super smart and super entertaining

I love this podcast! It has a wonderful way of informing me of topical subjects. The host is so smart and spirited, and asks great questions.

WJColford ,

TILClimate podcasts are thought provoking

Laur Hesse Fisher concisely break down complex subject with her brainy presenters to present information in a thoughtful manner worthy of serious consideration and fodder for advocacy to push those in charge to make changes.

Laur is a FANTASTIC host who presents each topic very concisely.

JCR_Music ,

Excellent Climate info in quick format

Back by MIT research and other experts, this short but strong podcast packs a lot of information to stay up to date or learn more about climate topics; the educational materials are perfect for sharing with classes and groups.

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