Texas earns an ‘F’ in how it teaches students about climate change, groups say

Texas is failing to properly educate students on the realities of climate change and global warming, according to a new report by the National Center for Science Education and the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund.

The report gave Texas and five other states an “F” grade in terms of how well their schools addressed the scientific consensus that climate change is real and caused by human activity, as well as the consensus that there are ways to mitigate its impact.

“A failing grade on this topic is simply not acceptable,” said Kathy Miller, president of the TFN Education Fund, in a press conference.

The report comes as the Texas State Board of Education prepares to overhaul public school science standards this fall. Representatives from the National Center for Science Education and TFN recommended that Texas reassess how climate change is taught during that overhaul.

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Education watchdogs give Texas an ‘F’ for its climate change curriculum

Texas is one of just six states to receive an “F” grade for its teachings of climate change in public schools, according to a Thursday report by the left-leaning Texas Freedom Network Education Fund and the National Center for Science Education.



A natural gas facility near Coyanosa, Texas, Aug. 12, 2020. (Jessica Lutz/The New York Times)


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A natural gas facility near Coyanosa, Texas, Aug. 12, 2020. (Jessica Lutz/The New York Times)


The report said Texas’ standards “largely ignore the issue” of climate change and generally fail to acknowledge the seriousness of the crisis. The findings come as Texas is in the process of updating its science curriculum standards, which will be finalized next month.

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“Scientists have long warned that climate change would lead to increasingly extreme weather events, and it’s critical that education policymakers in Texas and elsewhere act with the urgency the crisis requires,” Kathy Miller, president of the TFN Education Fund, said in a release. “This means

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Mike Pence Acknowledges “The Climate Is Changing.” What Will Your Doctor Do About This?

Even those who are climate change skeptics are beginning to acknowledge that, as stated by Vice President Mike Pence at the October 7, 2020 Vice Presidential Debate, “The climate is changing.” Whether or not one truly understands that climate and weather are two different entities, and whether or not one acknowledges that this is not a good change, the fact is that these events, including wildfires, hurricanes, rising temperatures, and heavy rainfall contrasted with droughts, all lead to both direct and indirect health issues. The American Medical Association, along with multiple other groups, created The Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, hoping to facilitate public awareness of climate change impacts on global health. And while impacts of climate change has been offered as an elective course for medical students and trainees, it has not yet been incorporated into standard curricula for medical education.

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Medical Residents To Receive Education On Health Effects Of Climate Change : NPR

Few medical residents learn about the health effects of climate change. Now as wildfires sweep the West and hurricanes flood the Gulf Coast, the first published guidelines offer a way to start.



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Teaching doctors about the health effects of climate change is growing from medical schools to the residency programs where new physicians put their skills to the test. But skeptics wonder if it’s appropriate for doctors to learn how climate change can affect human health. Martha Bebinger of member station WBUR in Boston begins her story in a clinic exam room.

GAURAB BASU: Well, Steve, I just remember for so many months, it was hard for you to walk.

MARTHA BEBINGER, BYLINE: There are three people in this exam room – Dr. Gaurab Basu, a resident he’s training and 71-year-old Steve Kearns, who is recovering from West Nile virus. Kearns remembers the mosquito bite on his

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Bhumi Pednekar wants to her voice to educate the public about climate change

Bhumi Pednekar wants to her voice to educate the public about climate change

Bollywood star Bhumi Pednekar is one celebrity in the industry who always uses her voice to highlight matters of utmost significance.

The Pati Patni Aur Woh actor is doing just that once again by talking about climate change during an interview with an entertainment portal.

“I had this fear and it started from my childhood, ‘oh what would happen to this world! What would happen to this world when the water dries up?’ That was my first question in my head,” said the actor.

“So, I started reading up on climate change. I have always been conscious, tried to have a sustainable style of living, especially since I became an adult. But then I realized I wasn’t really doing enough and that’s when I started Climate Warrior,” she went on to say.

“I have become an actor.

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Bhumi Pednekar: I have to use my voice to educate people about climate change

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Mumbai, Oct 2 (IANS) Actress Bhumi Pednekar, who has taken up the cause of climate conservation to raise awareness among fellow Indians, says she wants to use her voice to bring about positive change.

“I always had this fear,” she claimed, recalling how concerned she always was about the environment, even as a child. “It started from my childhood. ‘What would happen to this world when the water dries up?’ That was the first question in my head. So, I started reading up on climate change,” she recalled.

“I have always been conscious, and I tried to have a sustainable style of living, especially since I became an adult. But then I realised I wasn’t really doing enough and that’s when I started Climate Warrior,” she declared.

Bhumi’s online and offline initiative Climate Warrior is an initiative to mobilise citizens of India to contribute towards protecting the

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I Must Use My Voice to Educate People About Climate Change

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“I always had this fear,” she claimed, recalling how concerned she always was about the environment, even as a child. “It started from my childhood. ‘What would happen to this world when the water dries up?’ That was the first question in my head. So, I started reading up on climate change,” she said. Also Read – Weight Loss: Try This Sustainable, Traditional, and Healthy Plant-Based Diet to Lose Weight

“I have always been conscious, and I tried to have a sustainable style of living, especially since I became an adult. But then I realized I

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October is Climate Education month across UH system

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In an effort to bring awareness to Climate Education month in October, the University of Hawaiʻi Office of Sustainability is organizing a series of events throughout the month to support faculty in teaching transdisciplinary and emotionally complex topics related to the climate crisis.

A web series called “Lunch & Learn” will bring together faculty across campuses to share ideas and learn from invited speakers. The emphasis will be on teaching and learning, both in class and on campus.

Climate Education month will also include the Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education to be held October 20–22. UH Mānoa and Honolulu Community College students, faculty and staff will be eligible to attend the virtual event for free (a $125–$300 value). Normally held in person each year, this year’s conference will deliver inspiring content, engaging networking opportunities and keynote speakers and presenters.

“Teaching Climate Change is somewhat hit or miss when

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New Jones Beach Center Opens Aimed At Climate Change Education

WANTAGH, NY — The new Jones Beach Energy and Nature Center has opened , Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday.

The center, which opened during Climate Week, aims to teach the public about how energy shapes New York’s natural systems and how that same energy can help advance the state’s efforts to fight climate change. The facility was created by the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

“The Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center embodies New York State’s leadership in protecting the environment and promoting renewable energy,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Long Islanders know firsthand how the devastating effects of climate change and extreme weather are impacting our lives on a daily basis and this Center will equip visitors with knowledge to join the fight against climate change and protect our environment for generations to come.

The environmental education center specifically teaches how humans consumption of energy changes

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Is it still acceptable to fly on holiday in view of climate change? – Sonnenseite

Yes and no, according to moral philosophy. Individual measures alone can’t stop climate change. We are therefore obliged to intervene as a collective.

Apart from a few obstinate deniers, everyone has pretty much grasped by now that climate change is caused by humans. Since 1992, global warming and its effects have been discussed at international level, and despite many efforts, it has not yet been possible to stop its progress. It is alarming. “Climate change is the greatest challenge mankind has ever faced, and there is no way to avert the threat at the last minute, as is the case with diplomatic crises, for example,” points out Dr. Anna Luisa Lippold.

In her dissertation in Applied Ethics under Professor Klaus Steigleder, she tackled a question that is of great concern to many: What individual moral obligations do we have in view of climate change? In other words: Are we still

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