Explain It To Me: What is a Metric Ton of Carbon?

Graphic by Annabel Driussi for ODP

When reading about climate change, you’ll often come across the unit of measurement called a “metric ton of CO2.” That sounds like a lot, but the unit is a bit abstract for most of us when our reference point for a ton is a VW Beetle, the Liberty Bell, or even a baby humpback whale (if you’re an ocean lover).

When we’re talking about releasing metric tons of CO2, or avoiding and sequestering them, it’s important to have an understanding of how much that means. This is why we’ve teamed up with our friends at Third Way to #ExplainIt.

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