NCSE Evolution Education Update for 2012/05/11
(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.
A PREVIEW OF HOT 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: http://ncse.com/book-excerpt For information about the book from its publisher, visit: http://hmhbooks.com/hmh/site/hmhbooks/bookdetails?isbn=9780618826124 A CHANCE TO HELP NCSE'S ARCHIVES! 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 Amazon.com. 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 Amazon.com, visit: http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/39U1UMFQ22WED/ For NCSE's catalogue at LibraryThing, visit: http://www.librarything.com/catalog/NCSE Thanks for reading. And don't forget to visit NCSE's website -- http://ncse.com -- where you can always find the latest news on evolution and climate education and threats to them. -- Sincerely, Glenn Branch Deputy Director National Center for Science Education, Inc. 420 40th Street, Suite 2 Oakland, CA 94609-2509 510-601-7203 x305 fax: 510-601-7204 800-290-6006 firstname.lastname@example.org http://ncse.com Read Reports of the NCSE on-line: http://reports.ncse.com Subscribe to NCSE's free weekly e-newsletter: http://groups.google.com/group/ncse-news NCSE is on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter: http://www.facebook.com/evolution.ncse http://www.youtube.com/NatCen4ScienceEd http://twitter.com/ncse NCSE's work is supported by its members. Join today! http://ncse.com/join