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New exhibit seeks to explain climate change, how to arrest it

Tel Aviv University’s Steinhardt Museum of Natural History sets out to explain global warming, why it’s bad, and what we can do to save the planet

Sue Surkes is The Times of Israel's environment reporter.

Part of a new exhibition on climate change at Tel Aviv University's Steinhardt Natural History Museum. (Dor Kedmi)
Part of a new exhibition on climate change at Tel Aviv University's Steinhardt Natural History Museum. (Dor Kedmi)

Confused about climate change? Befuddled by terms such as greenhouse gas, biodiversity and ecosystems? Want to be part of saving the planet?

Then head to Tel Aviv University’s Steinhardt Museum of Natural History to see “It’s Warming Up: The Climate, the Crisis and Us.”

A year in the making, the new interactive exhibition presents the latest scientific data for the climate crisis and its effects, in Israel and around the world, and spells out how we can help curb the change, as communities and as individuals.

It explains the problem, delves into issues such as carbon emissions, global warming gases, glacier melt and sea rise, features a specially designed calculator for assessing your carbon footprint, and includes a journey back in time.

“The greatest challenge facing humanity today is the environmental challenge, and the most serious and irreversible challenge is species extinction and ecosystem system loss at an unprecedented speed,” said museum chairwoman Prof. Tamar Dayan. “We are dependent on these ecological systems for our existence and therefore this is a challenge that the world must respond to.”

Part of a new exhibition on climate change at Tel Aviv University’s Steinhardt Natural History Museum. (Dor Kedmi)

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