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NCSE Evolution and Climate Education Update for 2016/08/19

(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)

Dear friends of NCSE,

Kudos for David Amidon. A preview of The Madhouse Effect. And the
Presbyterian Church (USA) adds its voice for evolution.


NCSE is pleased to congratulate David Amidon for receiving a
Presidential Award for Environmental Educators for 2016, presented by
the Environmental Protection Agency.

According to the EPA's announcement, Amidon "has engaged students in a
variety of lessons to improve their understanding of the human impacts
to ecosystems and environmental sustainability."

Amidon, a middle school science teacher in LaFayette, New York, is a
member of NCSEteach's advisory board and a participant in its
Scientist in the Classroom program.

For the announcement about the award, visit: 

For information about NCSEteach and its Scientist in the Classroom
program, visit: 


NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview of Michael E. Mann and Tom
Toles's The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change is Threatening Our
Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy (Columbia
University Press, 2016). The preview consists of a chapter entitled
"Geoengineering, or 'What Could Possibly Go Wrong?" which expresses
skepticism about "many of the technofix schemes proposed as purported
solutions to the problem of human-caused climate change."

Mann is Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State
University; Toles is a Pulitzer-Prize-winning cartoonist at the
Washington Post. Of their book, Jane Lubchenco writes, "Brilliant,
insightful, and fresh! Two gifted experts -- one a scientist, the
other an editorial cartoonist -- invite you to be entertained and
outraged, inspired and motivated to escape the madhouse that
characterizes climate dialogue and politics today. New and hilarious
insights into climate change. I loved it!"

For the preview of The Madhouse Effect (PDF), visit: 

For information about the book from its publisher, visit: 


At the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) held
June 18-25, 2016, the assembly voted to adopt a proposed "Affirmation
of Creation."

According to the affirmation, scientific inquiry provides
"descriptions and ever more profound understandings" of God's

Included in the affirmation are acknowledgments that the universe is
13.8 billion years old, that the Earth is 4.6 billion years old, that
life on Earth is 3.6 billion years old, that living things on Earth
are connected "in a network of kinship by virtue of biological
evolution from common ancestors," and that Homo sapiens emerged "over
more than 6 million years of hominin development."

The affirmation is now reproduced in its entirety on NCSE's website
and will be included in the fourth edition of NCSE's Voices for

The assembly also approved a proposal to endorse the Clergy Letter
Project, which describes evolution as a "foundational scientific

For information about the Presbyterian Church (USA), visit: 

For the text of the affirmation, visit: 

For information about Voices for Evolution, visit: 

And for information about the Clergy Letter Project, visit: 


In the August 12, 2016, update, a link to NCSE's story about Josh
Rosenau's column in New Scientist was provided rather than a link to
the column itself.

For Rosenau's column in New Scientist, visit: 


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

* Glenn Branch describing a future president's debate on evolution: 

* Stephanie Keep relating the latest on Piltdown: 

* Glenn Branch discussing Alexander Graham Bell's attitude toward evolution: 

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.
1904 Franklin Street, Suite 600
Oakland CA 94612-2922
fax 510-788-7971 

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