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Our responsibility for teaching students about climate change

Should Schools Be Accountable for Educating Students About Climate Change?

All over the country this year, students are missing school because of the weather. Houston, Texas, schools closed for Hurricane Harvey. Other schools in California are closed now because of their proximity to wildfires. Most students in either middle or high school take science classes that address our physical environment. The question many schools are now facing is: Should teachers…

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Walking the gaslit streets

Climate change, the Pentagon, and Gaslight

Climate change is hereby canceled A story published last week in Reuters led with the headline “Pentagon strategy document will not include climate change” Sure, that’s the “official” statement. Gotta keep Mr. Trump and his bumbling buddies happy. Like the president says, “bundle up!” In fact, the military has long understood climate change as a threat multiplier. Like the insurance…

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Global warming isn't fake news. Why do so many think it is?

The Paris Agreement and the Trump Effect

Easier said than done Last week, Taryn Fransen and Kelly Levin of the World Resources Institute published an informative analysis on the “Trump Effect” on the Paris Agreement, signed in Paris at COP21 in  December 2015. It was historic in many respects, not least of which was that it was the first time the whole world agreed on anything so…

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Protestors at the U.S. COP23 side event promoting clean coal

U.S. Delegation Offers Up Clean Coal Side Event at COP23

Back in 2015 at the COP21 climate conference in Paris, the U.S. delegation presented numerous side events in the Blue Zone, from EPA, NASA, NOAA, the Department of Energy and more. The United States clearly embraced its role as a world leader at a historic global inflection point. Fast forward two years, to the end of President Donald Trump’s first year…

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Environmental Psychology - Connecting with the Environmental Around Us

How Psychology Can Help Save the Environment

The psychology field may not be the first sector that comes to mind when thinking about how different professionals are working together to preserve the planet. However, what you’re about to read may surprise you. It discusses how psychologists are relying on people’s emotions and behaviors to inspire climate-changing choices. Public awareness could keep our oceans cleaner A recent study…

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Hurricane Harvey bears down on Texas

The Sad Irony of Trump’s Presidential Response to Hurricane Harvey

  The oblivious president On Tuesday, August 29, as Hurricane Harvey lingered over Houston dumping an “unprecedented” four feet of rain, plus a few inches, the presidential entourage landed in Corpus Christi. Three days earlier Hurricane Harvey came ashore north of Corpus, pounding the small community of Rockport as a Category 4 storm. South Texas took the brunt of what…

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One caring individual can have positive impact on the environment

Can Individuals Make a Real Impact on the Environment?

It’s easy to think that you, as one single person, can’t make a difference with an issue as overwhelming and all-encompassing as climate change. But sometimes, one person is all it takes to start a local, national or even global movement. Think about recycling. The citywide and government-funded recycling campaigns we know and love today didn’t start until the 1970s….

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