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NCSE Evolution and Climate Education Update for 2012/10/05

(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)

Dear Friends of NCSE,

A new survey of public opinion about climate change from thirteen
countries around the world, a new member of NCSE's board of directors,
and a new online resource about Alfred Russel Wallace.


A recent survey surveyed public opinion about climate change in
thirteen countries: Belgium, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia,
Italy, Japan, Mexico, Switzerland, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom,
and the United States.

The survey found that "[t]he reality of climate change is firmly
established in international public opinion: 9 out of 10 people polled
believe that the climate has changed significantly in the past 20
years. With the exception of the United States, this belief is
especially prevalent in the regions that are most vulnerable to
climate risks. In addition, people seem convinced that climate change
is a scientific fact, since 3 out of 4 consider that climate change
has been scientifically proven."

Asked "Do you feel that our climate has changed over the past 20
years?" 48% of respondents overall agreed with "Yes, very much"; 40%
agreed with "Yes, rather"; 10% agreed with "No, not really"; 1% agreed
with "No, not at all"; and 1% didn't know. Mexico and Hong Kong were
tied for the greatest rate of acceptance of climate change, with 98%
agreeing with either of the yes answers; the United States was lowest,
with only 72% agreeing with either of the yes answers.

Asked "Which one of the following two statements best corresponds to
your opinion?" 77% of respondents overall agreed with "Climate change
has been proven by science" and 23% agreed with "Climate change has
not been proven by science." Indonesia and Hong Kong had the greatest
rate of acceptance of the scientific validity of climate change, with
95% and 89% agreeing, while the United States, Great Britain, and
Japan having the lowest, with only 65%, 63%, and 58% agreeing.

The survey, conducted by Ipsos for the insurance group AXA, was
conducted from July 5 to August 6, 2012, among over 13,000
respondents, with over 1000 respondents in each country; national
representative samples were interviewed on line.

For the report on the survey's results (PDF), visit: 

For the country-by-country data (PDF), visit: 

And for NCSE's collection of polls and surveys on climate change, visit: 


NCSE is pleased to announce the addition of Benjamin D. Santer, a
noted climate researcher at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, to
its board of directors. Santer, who has devoted years to identifying
the role humans play in climate change, will advise NCSE on its new
climate change education initiative. A member of the National Academy
of Sciences, a recipient of the MacArthur "genius" grant, and a Fellow
of the American Geophysical Union, Santer was also a major contributor
to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change studies that won the
IPCC the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997.

In a press release issued on October 4, 2012, NCSE's executive
director Eugenie C. Scott described Santer as "an invaluable addition
to NCSE's board of directors."NCSE has successfully taken on evolution
deniers for decades and prevailed. It's in an excellent position to
apply lessons learned to climate change denial," Santer added. "We
have a moral and ethical responsibility to provide the public with the
best-available information on the causes and likely impacts of climate
change. NCSE will play a key role in this education process, and in
countering climate myths and misinformation."

For the press release, visit: 

For information on NCSE's climate change education initiative, visit: 


Wallace Online -- the first complete edition of the writings of the
naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913), who is credited along
with Charles Darwin for formulating evolution by natural selection --
launched on September 27, 2012. Based at the Department of Biological
Sciences at the National University of Singapore, the project is
headed by the historian of science John van Wyhe, who is also
responsible for Darwin Online, a similar project that launched in 2006
and is now the largest and most widely consulted edition of Darwin's

"What this should hopefully do is result in a major upgrade in the
quality of writing about Wallace," van Wyhe told the BBC (September
27, 2012). "Next year is the centenary of his death. Just like 2009
was the big Darwin year, 2013 will be the big Wallace year. And I hope
now that people have access to all of his literature, it will make a
big difference to what they say and write about him." The site
includes publications by Wallace, a selection of documents written by
him, a compilation of the scientific descriptions of his specimens,
and a selection of works that influenced him.

For Wallace Online, visit: 

For the BBC story, 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 x305
fax: 510-601-7204

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