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NCSE Evolution and Climate Education Update for 2015/11/06

(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)

Dear friends of NCSE,

A call for climate change education from the American Academy of
Pediatrics. A preview of a new, illustrated, edition of The Voyage of
the Beagle. And a new issue of Reports of the NCSE, focusing on the
upcoming tenth anniversary of the decision in Kitzmiller v. Dover.


The American Academy of Pediatrics, representing 64,000 pediatricians,
recently released a policy statement on "Global Climate Change and
Children's Health" that includes a call for climate change education.

The statement, published in the November 2015 issue of Pediatrics,
notes, "Rising global temperatures are causing major physical,
chemical, and ecological changes in the planet. There is wide
consensus among scientific organizations and climatologists that these
broad effects, known as 'climate change,' are the result of
contemporary human activity. Climate change poses threats to human
health, safety, and security, and children are uniquely vulnerable to
these threats." The statement calls on government at all levels to
"[s]upport education and public awareness of the threats from climate
change for public and children’s health now and in the future."

The statement updates a 2007 statement that included the same call for
climate education. NCSE is in the process of collecting statements
supporting climate change evolution such as AAP's in Voices for
Climate Change Education.

For the AAP's position statement, visit: 

For NCSE's Voices for Climate Change Education, visit: 


NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview of The Voyage of the Beagle:
The Illustrated Edition of Charles Darwin's Travel Memoir and Field
Journal (Zenith Press, 2015). The preview consists of chapter 17,
"Galapagos Archipelago," in which Darwin notes "by far the most
feature in the natural history of this archipelago; it is, that the
different islands to a considerable extent are inhabited by a
different set of beings" -- a biogeographical clue to evolution.

The publisher writes, "An introduction on the background to Darwin's
work, as well as notes, maps, appendices, and an essay on scientific
geology and the Bible by Robert FitzRoy, Darwin's friend and captain
of the Beagle, provide context for this incredible story. This volume
is the first fully illustrated edition of Darwin's journal and
includes excerpts of On the Origin of Species so the reader can
connect the author's journey with his discovery that made him famous."

For the preview of The Voyage of the Beagle (PDF), visit: 

For information about the book from its publisher, visit: 


NCSE is pleased to announce that the latest issue of Reports of the
National Center for Science Education is now available on-line. The
issue -- volume 35, number 6 -- contains recollections of and
reflections on the Kitzmiller trial from Lauri Lebo, Jennifer Miller,
Kenneth R. Miller, Eric Rothschild, and Eugenie C. Scott, as well as
Meredith Dorner's article comparing evolution coverage in selected
mainstream and Christian biology textbooks and Randy Moore's account
of the seventeenth-century chronologer John Lightfoot.

Plus a host of reviews of books on the history of geology, biology,
and creationism: Jody Bourgeois reviews Martin J. S. Rudwick's Earth's
Deep History, Joel Cracraft reviews Stephen J. Gould: The Scientific
Legacy, David E. Levin reviews Lee Spetner's The Evolution Revolution,
Charles H. Pence reviews Curtis Johnson's Darwin's Dice, Andrew J.
Petto offers separate reviews of Creationism in Europe and Adam
Laats's The Other School Reformers, Doren Recker reviews Evolutionary
Biology: Conceptual, Ethical, and Religious Issues (a collection of
essays in honor of Michael Ruse), Michael Roberts reviews Christopher
M. Rios's After the Monkey Trial, and Michael Ruse reviews Daniel
Duzdevich's Darwin's On the Origin of Species: A Modern Rendition.

All of these articles, features, and reviews are freely available in
PDF form from Members of NCSE will shortly be 
receiving in the mail the print supplement to Reports 35:6, which, in
addition to summaries of the on-line material, contains news from the
membership, a regular column in which NCSE staffers offer personal
reports on what they've been doing to defend the teaching of
evolution, a regular column interviewing NCSE's favorite people, and
more besides. (Not a member? Join today!)

For the table of contents for RNCSE 35:6, visit: 

For information about joining NCSE, visit: 


Have you been visiting NCSE's blog, The Science League of America,
recently? If not, then you've missed:

* A guest post from K. C. Busch examining climate change in middle
school textbooks: 

And much more besides!

For The Science League of America, 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.
420 40th Street, Suite 2
Oakland, CA 94609-2509
510-601-7203 x303
fax: 510-601-7204

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