Good News on Global Warming

, Malcolm A. Kline, 6 Comments

It turns out that there may be textbooks that chronicle global warming as something other than an environmental catastrophe and academics are up in arms about them, and in California, no less! “Our findings showed that these textbooks framed climate change as uncertain in the scientific community – both about whether it is occurring as well as about its human-causation,” Diego Roman and K. C. Busch wrote in a paper which appeared in Environmental Education Research.

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Roman is in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Southern Methodist University. Busch is in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford.

As an example of what they see as problematic pedagogy they cite a textbook from Prentice Hall: “Not all scientists agree about the causes of global warming. Some scientists think that the 0.7 Celsius degree rise in global temperatures over the past 120 years may be due in part to natural variations in climate. (Prentice Hall 2008, 377).”

In the words of Reed Irvine, founder of both Accuracy in Media and Accuracy in Academia, “what did they write that’s inaccurate?”

Roman and Busch prefer the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s less documented but more alarmist assertions: “Human influence on the climate system is clear. This is evident from the increasing greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere, positive radiative forcing, observed warming, and understanding of the climate system.”


–see also “Global Warming on The Rocks