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A second antievolution bill in Missouri

House Bill 1276, introduced in the Missouri House of Representatives on January 11, 2012, and not yet referred to a committee, is apparently the fifth antievolution bill of 2012 — and the second in Missouri.

"Intelligent design" bill in Missouri

House Bill 1227, introduced in the Missouri House of Representatives on January 10, 2012, would, if enacted, require "the equal treatment of science instruction regarding evolution and intelligent design," according to the legislature's summary of the bill.

Polling pastors on evolution

A poll of Protestant pastors in the United States found that they "overwhelmingly believe that God did not use evolution to create humans and think Adam and Eve were literal people," according to a press release (January 9, 2012) issued by LifeWay Research.

NESTA poll on climate change education

The National Earth Science Teachers Association released the executive summary of its 2011 on-line survey on climate change education, which examines (PDF) the responses of 555 K-12 educators in the United States who teach about climate change.

NCSE and the Grand Canyon 2012

Explore the Grand Canyon with NCSE! Seats are still available for NCSE's next excursion to the Grand Canyon — as featured in the documentary No Dinosaurs in Heaven.

Why Climate Change Isn't Taught: Problems and Solutions

Teaching about the science of climate change, both in formal and in informal education, is necessary in order for future citizens to be able to make scientifically informed decisions about the consequences of climate change. Yet climate is often absent from the public school science classroom. There are various reasons for its absence — and, correspondingly, there are different solutions.

Tips for writing a public letter

Self-portrait, by Samuel van Hoogstraten

Even with the decreasing importance of print media, letters to the editor of your local newspaper are a good way to help to defend climate change education. Following are a few time-tested principles for writing effective letters to the editor.

Testifying before policymakers

People at a public meeting testifying: Source: NRELPeople testifying at a public meeting: Source: NREL

A controversy over climate change education may involve a public hearing before policymakers — a meeting of a local sc

Defending climate change education

What can you do to defend climate change education when it is attacked in your local community?

Attacks on climate education are often encountered:

James F. Crow dies

James F. CrowJames F. Crow

The eminent geneticist James F. Crow died on January 4, 2012, at the age of 95, according to the blog of his colleague John Hawks (January 4, 2012).

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