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Project Drawdown Summary of Solutions


This resource provides an easy-to-read table summary of solutions to decrease anthropogenic releases of CO2 to the atmosphere. The sources in the data set are clickable for a deeper look into the emission source, references, and a list of additional resources.

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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • The resource can be used as a research tool - a table of carbon emission mitigating options is provided.
  • One idea of how this can be used in a classroom setting: present teams of students with a scenario and ask them to adopt a plan that will ensure safe reduction in CO2 based on set cost restraints.
  • Could be adapted for middle school math by having students graph the data.

About the Science

  • The resource provides an easy-to-read summary of solutions to decrease anthropogenic releases of CO2 to the atmosphere.
  • The solutions are ranked, defined by sector, contain expected CO2 reduction, and cost and savings information.
  • Extra information and sources are provided in hyperlinks of each entry in the table.
  • Resource developed in collaboration with expert scientists - no CLEAN expert science review was needed.

About the Pedagogy

  • This visualization provides information about carbon reduction strategies, however, there are no structured instructional materials included, which would help for classroom implementation.
  • The content and informational web pages are best used as a research tool for sources of and ideas for reducing carbon emissions.
  • Instructors should explore the table ahead of time to parse the information provided and potentially build a teaching activity that uses the tool with associated scaffolding and procedure on how to use it along with thought/assessment questions.
  • Reading level and comprehension requirements are high.
  • Students will need structure when using this tool. It is robust, lengthy, and will need to be organized for best use.
  • Content may require explanation and prior knowledge of concepts.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Note that the blue "solutions" in the table are clickable to additional information and data sources.

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