You may not have heard of Quora.com, a Q&A site covering almost any topic you can think of. A lot of thoughtful people spend a lot of time crafting answers to questions on Quora, and it can be a great source of information and insight when it comes to climate change.
This Climate Site is extracted from the Climate Web, the closest thing today to a collective intelligence on climate change. The Climate Web organizes more than 800 Quora questions and individually notable answer - not all of them have been copied into this micro-site. Particularly good answers, for example, don’t work well in this micro-site format. If you have Premium Access to the Climate Web, which allows you to download it to your own computer, you can explore all the Quora-related materials easily and rapidly. Simply hovering your mouse over a link causes the Quora page or answer to open up instantly for your review.
If you’re not familiar with Quora.com, there are some key caveats to be aware of, and that help explain why we’ve created this micro-website to help introduce you to Quora as a source of climate information:
Quora follows the 80:20 rule, with 80% of the value of Quora being reflected in 20% of the questions and answers. So be prepared to scan through answers looking for the best ones. Note that in the Climate Web itself we’ve organized a lot of the best climate answers by leading Quora writers, but they don’t translate well into this micro-site format.
Quora does have a "climate denier" problem. Mixed in among a lot of thoughtful and insightful answers are plenty of "answers" that don't contribute to understanding the topic at hand. The climate denier problem is discussed in detail in this Quora post from top writer Michael Barnard. In this related post Barnard discusses how he recommends dealing with deniers on Quora.
It can be very difficult in Quora to find the questions relevant to a particular climate topic, and there’s a lot of redundancy over time.
In this micro-site we give you two ways to explore climate content in Quora:
On the “Topic Homepages” at right we’ve provided links to many of the relevant Quora “homepages” for specific climate topics. You can start your exploration through those homepages.
On the other Topical pages at right you’ll find links to actual Quora Questions. That allows you to jump right to a question that might particularly interest you. We haven’t included all of the Quora topics you can find in the Climate Web, or all of the more than 800 you can find there. If you’re really motivated to take advantage of Quora.com for exploring climate change, the learning curve for the Climate Web is very short! More information is available at right.
Note: It’s not easy to keep up with all the changing content on Quora.com, and we’ll have to decide whether to continue to develop this micro-site to reflect that content. If you find this micro-site useful please let us know! Here’s a simple way to do so.