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AIBS denounces Tennessee's "monkey bills"

The American Institute of Biological Sciences denounced Tennessee's "monkey bills" — House Bill 368 and Senate Bill 893 — as "bad for science, science education, and the future economic health of well being of Tennessee" in letters sent to the leadership of the Tennessee General Assembly (PDF) and to Governor Bill Haslam (PDF).

Oklahoma antiscience bill passes the House

Oklahoma's House Bill 1551 — one of two bills attacking the teaching of evolution and of climate change active in the Oklahoma legislature during 2012 — passed the House of Representatives on a 56-12 vote on March 15, 2012.

"Monkey bill" returns in Tennessee

Senate Bill 893 — nicknamed, along with its counterpart House Bill 368, "the monkey bill" — is back.

F. Sherwood Rowland dies

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The distinguished atmospheric and environmental chemist F. Sherwood Rowland died on March 10, 2012, at the age of 84, according to the obituary in the Los Angeles Times (March 12, 2012).

One down, one to go in Oklahoma

Oklahoma's Senate Bill 1742 — one of two bills attacking the teaching of evolution and of climate change active in the Oklahoma legislature during 2012 — is dead, having died in committee on March 1, 2012, when a deadline for bills in the senate to be reported from their committees passed.

Climate change education in the Wall Street Journal

"After many years in which evolution was the most contentious issue in science education, climate change is now the battle du jour in school districts across the country," the Wall Street Journal (March 11, 2012) reports (subscription required).

Voices for climate change education

NCSE is pleased to announce the debut of a new resource in the climate change section of its website: "Voices for climate change education."

"Witch hunt" against climate scientist blocked

Michael Mann

Climate scientist Michael Mann's private e-mails and research notes will remain private, thanks to a ruling by the Virginia Supreme Court.

Polling public opinion on climate change

"After a period of declining levels of belief in global warming there appears to be a modest rebound in the percentage of Americans that believe temperatures on the planet are increasing," according (PDF) to the latest National Survey of American Public Opinion on Climate Change.

A second Oklahoma bill attacks evolution and climate change

A bill in Oklahoma that would, if enacted, encourage teachers to present the "scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses" of "controversial" topics such as "biological evolution" and "global warming" is back from the dead.


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