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The Dutch Climate Help Desk: Its Utrecht origins

Last updated 6 months ago by Michael Darmanin

Climate change is on the news almost every day. We hear about it on TV, radio, podcasts, and news websites. But there are still a lot of questions that puzzle some of us. Now, the Dutch public is one click away from experts in climate change.

Ask away!

On the Klimaat Helpdesk (Climate Help Desk) website, members of the public can send their questions. They will be answered by one of the experts from KNMI, Utrecht University, Wageningen University and TU Delft, among others.

Some questions which already found their answer there include “Why is attention never paid to the CO2 that is in everyone’s breath?”, “How is it that sea levels are rising?”, and “What are the most polluting industries?”

The fight against fake news

The website was born from a collaboration between Scientists4Future NL and the Utrecht Young Academy. The main aim of the project is to make accurate information on climate change accessible to the Dutch public. The fake news phenomenon from recent years has contaminated the public debate on climate change. And accurate information is sometimes hard to come by, especially in a form which makes sense for the average citizen, with no background in science.

This is why the Klimaat Helpdesk is valuable. It allows the public to ask the questions which matter to them, and get concrete and clear answers.

Silviu Alexandru Costea
Silviu Alexandru Costea
Silviu A. Costea is a psychology student with a deep appreciation for beauty, may it be in art, science, nature, or anywhere else. With his passion for writing and experience as an international student, he is dedicated to providing quality content on various topics. He is a keen listener and he is convinced that everyone has a story worth sharing.


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