Climate: Explained

Methane is short-lived in the atmosphere but leaves long-term damage

Guest Author Sep 09, 2020

Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz Methane is a shorter-lived greenhouse gas – why do we average it out over 100 years? By … Read More

Sunspots do affect our weather, a bit, but not as much as other things

Guest Author Sep 02, 2020

Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz Are we headed for a period with lower Solar activity, i.e. sunspots? How long will it last? … Read More

Why does geothermal electricity count as renewable?

Guest Author Aug 12, 2020

Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz Geothermal electricity produces emissions but is categorised with wind and solar power as a renewable source of power. Read More

Are we doomed if we don’t manage to curb emissions by 2030?

Robert McLachlan Jul 29, 2020

Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz Is humanity doomed? If in 2030 we have not reduced emissions in a way that means we stay … Read More

What if we took all farm animals off the land and planted crops and trees instead?

Guest Author Jul 15, 2020

Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz I would like to know how much difference we could make to our commitment under the Paris Agreement … Read More

What the world was like the last time carbon dioxide levels were at 400ppm

Guest Author Jul 08, 2020

Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz What was the climate and sea level like at times in Earth’s history when carbon dioxide in the … Read More

Will the COVID-19 lockdown slow the effects of climate change?

Guest Author Jul 03, 2020

Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz Do you think the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown will slow or possibly reverse the effects of climate change (due … Read More

What Earth would be like if we hadn’t pumped greenhouse gases into the atmosphere

Guest Author Jun 24, 2020

Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz This week, Climate Explained answers two similar questions. If humans had not contributed to greenhouses gases in any … Read More

Does your driving speed make any difference to your car’s emissions?

Guest Author Jun 11, 2020

Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz Does reducing speed reduce emissions from the average car? Ralph Sims, Massey University Every car has an optimal … Read More