Tuesday, February 20, 2007

TN Teachers Get Global Climate Change Details

According to a press release from the state's Department of Education, a statewide webcast will offer teachers across the state with information and facts regarding global climate changes this week. Despite the chatter from non-scientific pundits and talk-radio mythmakers, the goal here is to provide educators with the most current scientific research and analysis.

The press release says in part:

" ... Atmospheric chemist Dr. Bill Chameides, chief scientist with Environmental Defense, the webcasts will allow teachers to email questions to be addressed during the interactive session.

These webcasts are an opportunity for teachers to learn the latest global climate change research to pass on to Tennessee’s future scientists, the students,” said Tami Coleman, coordinator of Project CENTS for the Department of Education. “Only students equipped with such knowledge will be on the forefront of developing new answers for keeping our communities healthy and viable.

The webcasts will take place Thursday, February 22 and Thursday, March 1 at 3:15 p.m. CST. The first webcast will focus on climate science. The second session will address solutions such as renewable energy sources, energy conservation and new energy-efficient building design."

Dr. Chameides
makes no bones about the science involved regarding climate change. His most recent statement on this year's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is here, where he says "
Those hesitating on quick, bold action must now explain why the world's leading scientists are wrong about the science, and many of America’s leading companies are wrong about the economics.

And more about the Project CENTS program can be discovered here, as they continue their efforts to provide informed enviromental education to Tennessee students.

Students in Nevada, on the other hand, are being treated to a character known as Yucca Mountain Johnny, a cartoon icon of a miner, who tells kids that the embattled Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Facility is good for everyone. By clicking on his image at this web site, he says thinks like "Any idea is worth having" and "The best sense for safety is common sense."

Using a cartoon character and some goofy online games is a rather silly way to promote a boondoggle which is likely a dying project.

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