Textbooks hold little on climate change

Students learn little from texts about climate change.
Students learn little from texts about climate change.
The next generation will live with the consequences of global warming, but a researcher says they aren’t learning enough about it from textbooks.

Students learn little about global warming, climate change and renewable energy from textbooks in use, according to Rachel Yoho, who teaches at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
    Yoho, along with Bruce Rittman, director of the Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology at Arizona State University, combed science textbooks to gauge what students were taught about climate change. They examined more than the 15,000 combined pages from current editions of 16 leading physics, biology and chemistry undergraduate textbooks published between 2013 and 2015.
    They found little on topics like global warming and renewable energy. In fact, less than 4 percent of pages discussed climate change, global warming, related environmental issues or renewable energy applications, according to the university. 
    In their research paper, published in the journal Environmental Communication, authors noted that much of the material they found was placed toward the end of textbooks, and students know what that means: “The presentation of the material in the final third of the book may decrease the possibility of students actually encountering this content during normal course-related assignments.”
    The research is "Climate Change and Energy Technologies in Undergraduate Introductory Science Textbooks," published April 29 in Environmental Communication.

EMISSIONS LAWSUIT: California officials are leading a coalition of 17 states and the District of Columbia in a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency aimed at keeping limits on vehicle emissions.  
    The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, seeks to hold unlawful the EPA’s effort to weaken the nation’s existing clean car rules.
    The vehicle emissions standards were adopted in 2012 and will take effect in 2022. Left intact, these standards could reduce as much carbon pollution as 134 coal power plants burning for a year, according to California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. Drivers also will experience savings on gas.
   Scott Pruitt, Environmental Protection Agency administrator, proposes deregulating and rolling the limits back.


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