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The Social Cost of Carbon

Climate Now

With the help of two climate experts, this video discusses how the social cost of carbon is calculated, how it should (perhaps) be calculated, and why the effort to quantify this value is necessary despite its imperfections.

Video length is 08:59 min

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Teaching Tips

  • Teachers can use this video to support classroom learning but would need to find or create their own activity to go along with this video.
  • This could be a great introduction to learning about the Social Cost of Carbon or could be used as part of a unit about climate change. This video would fit nicely into a lesson or discussion about what we can do now to lessen the future effects of climate change.
  • Students would need some prerequisite information on climate change before viewing. Additional videos on the sidebar will provide more context.

About the Content

  • This video explains the concept known as the Social Cost of Carbon, which is a multi-disciplinary framework to monetize the harm caused by each ton of carbon emitted into the atmosphere.
  • The video contains updated information on current policy involvement in determining the Social Cost of Carbon.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • The video is designed to educate viewers through interviews with experts and animations. The video is well-produced and organized.
  • Projected learning outcomes include increased awareness and understanding of the Social Cost of Carbon. Viewers also learn how the Social Cost of Carbon is calculated and how policymakers use it to create standards, guidelines, and policies to mitigate the effects of climate change.
  • Viewers unfamiliar with economic terminology might find it more difficult to understand the Social Cost of Carbon. Therefore, students should be familiar with that terminology as well as climate change and how anthropogenic (human-caused) emissions of carbon dioxide impact climate change.
  • Visuals support the concepts well.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • There is closed captioning/a transcript provided.

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Entered the Collection: March 2023 Last Reviewed: July 2022

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