Cards, showing all four suitsImage by Enoch Lau, via Wikimedia Commons under a CC-BY-SA license. Take a card deck (no jokers). Pull out a card. What’s the probability that you’ll see a spade?

25%, right?

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When we got the results back from our national survey of climate change education, the good news jumped out at us. Climate change is actually showing up in schools.

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florida under waterA recent article in The New Yorker, Elizabeth Kolbert’s “The Siege of Miami,” details disturbing consequences of sea level rise in Florida. The future will bring higher seas, but we normally think of climate change consequences happening nearer to the year 2100, an arbitrary target used by many climate models.

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01.20.2016

Have you ever wondered how to address climate change, or even just fossil fuels and energy, with young students? A complex and potentially heated topic, many people have argued that elementary school is too early to talk about these issues. Some teachers might even try to avoid the potential controversy by skipping over energy altogether, which is a lost opportunity for their students.

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In November, I attended WGBH’s forum on digital media in STEM learning. The topic: climate education. NCSE’s friends from the Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) were there in force, as were representatives from NOAA Education, NASA, PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs, and Young Voices for the Planet.

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Everyone is abuzz about Cop21 this week in Paris. Will the gathering countries make serious commitments to address climate change? What would a world committed to change look like? Where can you get the finest croissant while dodging the many protestors? There is no question, this is big news.

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If you could send a message to yourself in the past, what would it say?  Would you tell yourself not to miss that trip to Fire Island where you met your future husband? Would you say to take the risk and see what happens on that trip to Europe? Would you urge yourself to never, ever eat that many nachos again?

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