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09.12.2018

Ann ReidIn a column (September 11, 2018) for Education Week, NCSE's executive director Ann Reid warned of the obstacles to effective climate change education — campaigns to promote doubt and denial, inadequate preparation provided for teachers, and the ideological polarization o

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04.12.2018

Map showing degree of support for climate change educationEven despite public controversies over the inclusion of climate change in state science standards, "Americans overwhelmingly support teaching our children about the causes, consequences, and potential solutions to global warming — in all 50 states and 3,000+ counties across the nation, including Republican and Democratic strongholds," according to the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication (April 11, 2018).

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02.27.2018

Climate Fwd: logoNCSE was featured in Climate Fwd:The New York Times's e-newsletter "with stories and insights about climate change" — for February 21, 2018: "climate change is presented as a controversial subject in a significant number of American classrooms, according to research from the National Center for Science Education."

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04.27.2017

Cover of Heartland booklet with suitable warningNCSE is pleased to announce the on-line release of three flyers addressing the Heartland Institute's recent mailing of unsolicited climate change denial propaganda to science teachers across the country.

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04.12.2017

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NCSE's Ann Reid, Glenn Branch, and Steve Newton contributed a guest commentary discussing the Heartland Institute's mailing of climate change denial material to teachers to the blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists (April 12, 2017).

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02.23.2017

Ben Santer caricature by John Cook

Ben Santer, a member of NCSE's board of directors, appeared (starting at about 33:00) on Late Night with Seth Meyers on February 22, 2017. 

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12.05.2016

Ann Reid

NCSE's executive director Ann Reid was featured in Scientific American's report "Trump's First 100 Days: Science Education and Schools" (December 5, 2016).

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11.22.2016

Ann Reid

NCSE's executive director Ann Reid was interviewed by Tania Lombrozo for NPR's 13.7 Cosmos and Culture blog (November 21, 2016) about the implications of a Trump presidency for climate change education.

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09.19.2016

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NCSE's Josh Rosenau contributed a column about the NCSE/Penn State survey (PDF) of climate change education in the United States to TES (September 19, 2016).

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06.06.2016

Portland Tribune logoAfter the Portland, Oregon, board of education adopted a resolution on climate change education that called (PDF) for the elimination of instructional material "that is found to express doubt about the severity of the climate crisis or its root in human activities," NCSE's Josh Rosenau wrote a column for the Portland Tribune (June 2, 2016) to put the resolution in context.

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03.14.2016

Mixed Messages coverMixed Messages: How Climate Change is Taught in America's Public Schools, a detailed report of the first nationwide survey of climate change education in the United States, conceived and funded by NCSE and conducted in collaboration with researchers at Pennsylvania State University, is now available (PDF) on-line.

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02.17.2016

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"Climate Confusion Among U.S. Teachers" (PDF), a paper in the journal Science describing the first nationwide survey of climate change education in the United States, conceived and funded by NCSE and conducted in collaboration with researchers at Pennsylvania State University, received extensive coverage in the press. Here is a sampling.

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02.11.2016

Graphic from articleThe first nationwide survey of climate change education in the United States, conducted by researchers at NCSE and Pennsylvania State University, was described in "Climate Confusion Among U.S. Teachers," published (PDF) in the February 12, 2016, issue of the journal Science.

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01.04.2016

Communicating Climate-Change and Natural Hazard Risk and Cultivating Resilience coverWhat are the challenges to creating a resilient and confident educational community capable of addressing natural hazards and climate change in a scientifically accurate and pedagogically appropriate manner? That was the question that NCSE’s Minda Berbeco and Mark McCaffrey addressed in their "Fostering Educator Resilience: Engaging the Educational Community to Address the Natural Hazards of Climate Change."

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04.30.2015

John CookJohn Cook

A just-launched first-of-its-kind massive open online course on climate change denial, "Making Sense of Climate Science Denial," is already reaching over ten thousand people around the world — and NCSE is represented. 

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12.09.2014

NCSE's Mark McCaffrey's Climate Smart & Energy Wise: Advancing Science Literacy, Knowledge, and Know-How (Corwin Press, 2014) received a positive review from the National Science Teachers Association's NSTA Recommends.

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09.23.2014

NCSE is pleased to announce the publication of Climate Smart & Energy Wise (Corwin Press, 2014), written by NCSE's Mark McCaffrey. In their foreword, Eugenie C. Scott and Jay Labov write, "Climate Smart & Energy Wise provides a roadmap to teachers to assist them in acquiring the background and resources to bring climate and energy education into their classrooms ... It provides a wealth of information to help teachers find resources, including the very useful Climate Literacy and Energy Literacy frameworks, developed by scientists and master teachers. This book is packed with suggestions for where a teacher can find more information and classroom guidance for the teaching of global climate change."

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08.19.2014

NCSE was involved in developing a series of guides for educators to use the National Climate Assessment to teach about the causes, effects, and risks of and possible responses to human-caused climate change.

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07.10.2014

Climate Science Students Bill of Rights logoNCSE is pleased to announce the launch of the Climate Science Students Bill of Rights, which articulates the principle that all students deserve the best climate science education available as part of a 21st-century science education.

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05.08.2014

NCSE was on hand for the release of the third National Climate Assessment. Produced by a team of more than 300 experts, the NCA summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future.

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05.05.2014

NCSE's Mark McCaffrey will be discussing the educational use of the third National Climate Assessment at a panel in the White House on May 6, 2014. The panel will be streamed live from the White House between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. (Eastern) on May 6, 2014; McCaffrey’s presentation will take place toward the end of the event.

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09.23.2013

Writing in Scientific American, NCSE's Eugenie C. Scott and Minda Berbeco warn that "a move is afoot to keep climate science out of classrooms."

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09.13.2013

A viewpoint column entitled "Defending Science Education: Climate as a Second Front for Biologists" (PDF), by NCSE's deputy director Glenn Branch, appeared in the September 2013 issue of BioScience, published by the American Institute of Biological Sciences.

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07.12.2013
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The American Geophysical Union held a conference on "Communicating Climate Science: A Historic Look to the Future" — and NCSE was there in force.

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07.02.2013
Eugenie C. ScottEugenie C. Scott

NCSE's executive director Eugenie C. Scott was interviewed by Inside Climate News (July 2, 2013).

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