National Center for Science Education
A new survey of members of the American Meteorological Society finds (PDF) that nearly all respondents think that climate change is happening and that a majority of respondents think that human activity is causing most of the changes in the climate over the past fifty years.
With the passage of Senate Concurrent Resolution 140 by both the House of Representatives and the Senate in the Idaho legislature, the Idaho state science standards adopted in 2015 have been definitively rejected.
A record was broken in a new poll from Gallup, which found that 65% of Americans believe that increases in the earth's temperature over the last century are due more to "the effects of pollution from human activities" than to "natural causes in the environment that are not due to human activities."
At its March 10, 2016, meeting, the Alabama state board of education voted to retain a disclaimer about evolution mandated for the state's textbooks, even though the new Alabama science standards describe evolution as "substantiated with much direct and indirect evidence."
Mixed Messages: How Climate Change is Taught in America's Public Schools, a detailed report of the first nationwide survey of climate change education in the United States, conceived and funded by NCSE and conducted in collaboration with researchers at Pennsylvania State University, is now available (PDF) on-line.
Louisiana's Senate Bill 156 (PDF) would, if enacted, repeal the state's Balanced Treatment for Creation-Science and Evolution-Science Act, which was enacted in 1981 and declared to be unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court in Edwards v. Aguillard in 1987.
Both houses of West Virginia's legislature have agreed on a version of House Bill 4014 that would require only the review, not the repeal, of the recently adopted state science standards, according to the Charleston Gazette-Mail (March 12, 2016).
House Bill 899 and Senate Bill 1018 both died in committee on March 11, 2016, when the Florida legislature adjourned. Ostensibly aimed at empowering taxpayers to object to the use of specific instructional materials in the public schools, the bills were promoted by groups with a record of objecting to the treatment of evolution and climate change in textbooks, as NCSE previously reported.
NCSE congratulates Carl Zimmer for winning the 2016 Stephen Jay Gould Prize from the Society for the Study of Evolution.
At its March 7, 2016, meeting, West Virginia's Senate Education Committee revised House Bill 4014 to require only the review, not the repeal, of the recently adopted state science standards, according to the Charleston Gazette-Mail (March 7, 2016).
NCSE is pleased to congratulate Bill Nye ("The Science Guy") for receiving the National NASA Space Grant Distinguished Service Award for 2016.
NCSE is pleased to announce that the latest issue of Reports of the National Center for Science Education is now available on-line.
Idaho's Senate Bill 1321 (PDF) — which originally would have permitted the use of the Bible in Idaho's public schools "for reference purposes to further the study of" a variety of topics, including "astronomy, biology, [and] geology" — is reportedly going to be amended to omit the references to the sciences.
West Virginia's House Bill 4014, which passed the House of Delegates on February 26, 2016, would, if enacted, prevent the state board of education from implementing the state science standards adopted in 2015 — and there are indications that the treatment of climate science in the standards is part of the motivation.
Oklahoma's House Bill 3045 (PDF), which would, if enacted, have deprived administrators of the ability to prevent teachers from miseducating students about "scientific controversies," died in the House Rules Committee on February 26, 2016, when a deadline for bills in the House of Representatives to be reported from committee expired.
Oklahoma's Senate Bill 1322 (PDF), which would, if enacted, have deprived administrators of the ability to prevent teachers from miseducating students about "scientific controversies," died in the Senate Education Committee on February 25, 2015, when a deadline for senate bills to be reported from committee expired.
Mississippi's House Bill 50, whose principal sponsor acknowledged was intended to allow teachers in the public schools to present creationism, died in the House Education Committee on February 23, 2016, when a deadline for bills to be reported out of committee expired.
House File 2054, which, if enacted, would have reversed Iowa's decision to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards, died in committee on February 19, 2016, when a deadline for bills to be reported out of committee expired. The NGSS's treatment of evolution and climate change appears to have been part of the motivation for the bill.
"Three-quarters of Alaskans are sold on the existence and seriousness of global warming, but far fewer are convinced that it's caused by human activity, according to a poll commissioned by Alaska Dispatch News," reports Alaska Dispatch News (February 13, 2016).
Explore the Grand Canyon with NCSE! Reservations are still available for NCSE's next excursion to the Grand Canyon — as featured in the documentary No Dinosaurs in Heaven. From June 30 to July 8, 2016, NCSE will again explore the wonders of creation and evolution on a Grand Canyon river run conducted by NCSE's Steve Newton and Josh Rosenau.