Throttling Dissent from Global-Warming Orthodoxy
Hoar, William P., The New American
Item: I he website for the WWF--the World Wide Fund for Nature, formerly called the World Wildlife Fund--calls climate change (or global warming, terms it uses interchangeably) one of uthe biggest threats to humanity and nature" It is, avers WWF,
nearly impossible to overstate the threat of climate change. Greenhouse gas emissions are rising more rapidly than predicted and the world is warming more quickly in response. Global warming will have catastrophic effects such as accelerating sea level rise, droughts, floods, storms and heat waves. These will impact some of the world's poorest and most vulnerable people, disrupting food production, and threatening vitally important species, habitats and ecosystems.
Item: USA Today for January 16, 2012, in a piece entitled "Science educators take on climate naysayers" reports: "The National Center for Science Education [NCSEJ, based in Oakland, California, is best known for leading charges against creationist efforts to remove evolution from public schools nationwide. But now, the three-decade-old group will also fight efforts to slip incorrect climate science information into school lessons." Item: In an article called "Climate change skepticism seeps into science classroom" the Los Angeles Times reports on January 16 that there has been "mounting resistance to the study of man-made climate change in middle and high schools." The Times went on to say: "Although scientific evidence increasingly shows that fossil fuel consumption has caused the climate to change rapidly, the issue has grown so politicized that skepticism of the broad scientific consensus has seeped into classrooms."
The NCSE, a "watchdog group that supports the teaching of evolution through advocacy and educational materials," is beginning an "initiative to monitor the teaching of climate science and evaluate the sources of resistance to it."
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Publication information: Article title: Throttling Dissent from Global-Warming Orthodoxy. Contributors: Hoar, William P. - Author. Magazine title: The New American. Volume: 28. Issue: 4 Publication date: February 20, 2012. Page number: 41+. © 2009 American Opinion Publishing, Inc. COPYRIGHT 2012 Gale Group.
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