55 episodes

Get smart quickly on climate change. This award-winning MIT podcast, Today I Learned: Climate, 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

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    • 4.8 • 120 Ratings

Get smart quickly on climate change. This award-winning MIT podcast, Today I Learned: Climate, 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.

    Do wind turbines kill birds?

    Do wind turbines kill birds?

    MIT Professor Michael Howland returns to the podcast to answer a listener's question about the risks of wind energy to birds—and explain how wind turbines compare to coal plants, power lines, office towers, housecats, and other threats to birdlife in the modern world.

    • 7 min
    Do wind turbines freeze up in the cold?

    Do wind turbines freeze up in the cold?

    You might have heard how wind turbines failed in Texas during a terrible cold front in 2021. Does this mean we can’t rely on this clean, renewable source of energy when the weather turns extreme?

    • 7 min
    Won’t more CO2 help plants grow?

    Won’t more CO2 help plants grow?

    Plants take in CO2 from the air to grow—and today’s atmosphere has about 50% more CO2 than it did before we started burning massive amounts of fossil fuels. So, is that great news for plants?

    • 8 min
    Season 6 Preview: Something a Little Different

    Season 6 Preview: Something a Little Different

    People all around the world write into our team with questions about climate change. So this season, we’re working with scientists and experts at MIT and beyond, to answer those questions in language we can all understand.

    • 1 min
    Why does it take five years to build a wind farm?

    Why does it take five years to build a wind farm?

    The United States has a goal to power the country with 100% clean electricity by 2035. Unfortunately, our energy regulations are not set up to make this much change this quickly. Energy economist John Parsons of MIT joins the show to explain how much clean energy infrastructure we need to build, the obstacles to building it, and reform ideas to transform our energy system on the timeline our climate goals demand.

    • 15 min
    Energy storage: keeping the lights on with a clean electric grid

    Energy storage: keeping the lights on with a clean electric grid

    The large majority of new energy we’re building today comes from clean, renewable wind and solar projects. But to keep building wind and solar at this pace, we need energy storage: technologies that save energy when the weather is favorable, and use it when wind and sun are scarce.

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
120 Ratings

120 Ratings

Colorado listener ,

TIL Climate makes complex topics understandable

I love TIL Climates approach to explain complex topics in simple and easy to understand ways. I also like the shorter format with options to find more info with provided resources. Really well done!

acdaza ,

Great sciences backed content easy to understand

I love MIT’s approach to make content accessible, easy to digest and provocative enough to engage in the climate conversation. The diverse topics expand my knowledge even more and the fact that they invite MIT faculty makes this podcast one of the most reliable.

Dan1777999877 ,

Incredible.

It’s obvious Laur puts extraordinary effort in covering salient topics and finding guests that are authentic and truly care about being a positive force in this world - the insights they bring to bear are still mind-blowing every. single. time.

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