Methane is CH4. One carbon, four hydrogens. How can it be carbon’s evil twin if it contains carbon itself? Or is it supposed to be CO2’s evil twin? Lost in translation? Or am I missing something?
Someone was awake during science class. You are technically correct - Mr. Carbon should be Mr. CO2, but the purpose of this activity was to introduce the concept of global warming to a bunch of fourth-graders. Keeping in simple!
Here’s more background from our science reporter/producer Rebecca Jacobson:
The character Mr. Methane is portrayed as “evil twin” to Mr. Carbon in a dramatic sense, not a scientific sense. They’re both greenhouse gases that contribute significantly to global warming and are represented as the villains in the play for the Cool The Earth program. They’re just trying to get very young kids to understand the basic concepts of greenhouse gases and how they change the earth’s climate, making it too hot and melting Koda the Polar Bear’s home on the ice.
We’ll also have more on the struggles of teaching climate change on tonight’s broadcast.
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