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  • Tuesday, May 1, 2018

    Where Climate Science Is REALLY Missing

    Study finds very few pages devoted to climate change in introductory science textbooks; Less than 2 percent of pages discussed climate change in leading biology, chemistry and physics textbooks

    30 April 2018 (EurekAlert)

    “…When Arizona State University graduate student Rachel Yoho started pouring over introductory science textbooks, she] was surprised by the paucity of materials devoted toward subjects like global warming, climate change and renewable energy applications…[After examining] more than the 15,000 combined pages from current editions of 16 of the leading physics, biology and chemistry undergraduate textbooks published between 2013 and 2015, she and co-author Brucer Rittmann] found that less than 4 percent of pages were devoted toward discussing climate change, global warming, related environmental issues or renewable energy applications…[B]iology textbooks had on average the largest number of pages discussing the effects of climate change, but still less than 2 percent, while chemistry textbooks showed the largest variation, and physics books have an average of less than 0.5 percent of total pages…Among the three disciplines, the least emphasis was placed on renewable energy technologies in the biology textbooks examined…Going forward, they think perhaps it's time for introductory sciences to be more explicit about some of these pressing topics that span multiple disciplines…” click here for more

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