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NCSE Evolution Education Update for 2012/05/11

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(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)

Dear Friends of NCSE,

A preview of Mark Hertsgaard's Hot for your reading pleasure, and a
change to help NCSE's archives.


NCSE is pleased to offer a preview of Mark Hertsgaard's Hot: Living
through the Next Fifty Years on Earth (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,
2011). The preview consists of the first part of chapter four, "Ask
the Climate Question," in which Hertsgaard reports on his 2008
interview with the chief executive of King County, Washington, about
his "fresh, farsighted, effective response to climate change that
local governments across the United States and around the world were
beginning to copy. He had linked his climate policy to a larger agenda
of advancing social justice and pro-business economic development. And
he had done this while remaining strikingly popular with voters,
winning three straight elections by comfortable margins."

The reviewer for The New York Times praised Hot for raising "the
emotional stakes while keeping a clear head ... Hertsgaard, to his
credit, refuses to sugarcoat these facts [of the effects of climate
change] ... And yet Hertsgaard also knows that we cannot allow fear or
despair, or even anger, to be our only response." And the reviewer for
the San Francisco Chronicle described Hot as "informative and vividly
reported," adding, "Hertsgaard has traveled far, from Western Europe
to Bangladesh, to Africa and China, and he has found clear evidence
that the effects of climate change are already pervasive everywhere.
... Not all is hopeless, however, and Hertsgaard finds evidence that
some nations are taking action, or at least planning for the future."

For the preview from Mark Hertsgaard's Hot, visit: 

For information about the book from its publisher, visit: 


NCSE's archives house a unique trove of material on the
creationism/evolution controversy, and we regard it as part of our
mission to preserve it for posterity -- as well as for occasions such
as Kitzmiller v. Dover, where NCSE's archives helped to establish the
creationist antecedents of the "intelligent design" movement. And we
are beginning to amass a similar trove of material on disputes over
climate change education. We cordially invite you now to help NCSE's
archives keep up-to-date by purchasing books for NCSE through our wish
list at And it's not just books -- gifts of needed
hardware and software are welcome, too! All of these donations are
tax-deductible. We're pleased to report that 174 items have been
purchased already, and we thank the donors for their generosity. You
can view the catalogue of books in NCSE's archives at LibraryThing.

For NCSE's wishlist at, visit: 

For NCSE's catalogue at LibraryThing, visit: 

Thanks for reading. And don't forget to visit NCSE's website -- -- where you can always find the latest news on 
evolution and climate education and threats to them.


Glenn Branch
Deputy Director
National Center for Science Education, Inc.
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