Climate Change

The Pillars of Climate Change Denial

Attacks on the teaching of climate change tend to use certain rhetorical tropes, themes repeated again and again: these are the pillars of climate change denial. Briefly, they are:

Pillar 1: Climate change is bad science

How Much Does Human Activity Affect Climate Change?

The Earth’s climate is changing rapidly. Scientists trying to find out what’s causing climate change work like detectives, gathering evidence to rule out some suspects and to ascertain just who is responsible. It’s clear, based on over a century of scientific investigation, that humans are responsible for most of the climate change we’ve seen over the last 150 years.

Climate Change 101

There is virtually unanimous scientific agreement about climate change. Yet due to both the inherent complexity of the topic and the social controversies surrounding it, confusion and doubt often persist. Here are four central questions about climate change, together with brief answers based on the current best scientific understanding of climate change and links to more detailed information.

What Can We Do About Climate Change?

From a science education perspective, one major thing that can be done about climate change is to support education efforts that help individuals and societies make informed decisions about climate change. Climate science must be integrated as practical knowledge into society so that understanding the complex physical and biological interconnections are relevant to decision-making in social, economic, political, cultural, and educational systems.

How Will Climate Change Affect the World and Society?

Climate change is already affecting the planet and society and will continue to do so for generations to come. The physical and chemical changes of human activities are being felt in natural ecosystems on land and at sea, on farms and ranches, and in cities and suburbs, but the changes are not happening uniformly. Differences in how regions are affected by varying degrees of warming, precipitation, and changes of animal and plant species are likely to get even more extreme as climate change continues. Some areas may actually get a bit cooler for a while!

Is the Climate Changing Right Now?

The Earth’s climate is constantly changing. Seasonal changes throughout the year are one form of climate change, and the climate changes over hundreds of thousands of years as the Earth’s orbit changes the amount and intensity of energy received from the Sun. As the National Center for Atmospheric Research explains, climate change is different from the changes in weather from day to day.

Climate Change 101

There is virtually unanimous scientific agreement about climate change. Yet due to both the inherent complexity of the topic and the social controversies surrounding it, confusion and doubt often persist.

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Climate change denial in Texas social studies textbooks

Tell Textbook Publishers "Get the Science Right!" Keep climate change denial out of textbooks.The Texas state board of education will adopt new social studies textbooks in November, 2014. The decisions they make will affect Texas classrooms for years to come, and are likely to change how textbooks are written for use in other states as well.

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