To The Editor:
A recent news release stated: “In Connecticut, a politician wants to strike climate change from state science standards.”
I find this appalling. Over thirty years ago, James Hansen was one of the first to bring attention to global warming. He reported that “the greenhouse effect has been detected, and it is changing our climate now.”
A more current report stated that “human influence on the climate system is clear, and recent anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases are the highest in history.” Science is based on research, not mere opinion, and the facts on this issue are clear. CO2 level has been increasing at an alarming rate and, for 70 years, has been higher than any time in the past 400,000 years. It is now over a third higher than the highest level in that extended time period.
The mass of the ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica have decreased in the past quarter century by a combined average of 313 billion tons of ice per year! This has been confirmed by satellite observations.
The responsibility of educators is to prepare students for the life they will be facing. Not basing this education on facts is counterproductive, as they need make decisions based on facts. Opinionated parties should not be deciding what is included in science education.
Calling what is supported research and experimentation “fake news” undermines the whole purpose of education and this must be recognized as such and not accepted if we want future generations to succeed.