The new head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, says carbon dioxide is not a primary cause of climate change — despite a clear scientific consensus that it is.

But a recent survey showed that most Americans, and most Connecticut residents, accept climate change as a fact. Seventy percent of Americans over 25, and 72 percent of Connecticut residents, agreed with the proposition that global warming is happening.

And if climate change is controversial among today’s adults, it’s likely to be much less controversial among tomorrow’s: Climate change — and similarly controversial topics like evolution — are taught as the accepted scientific consensus in Connecticut biology and environmental classes.

The state is in the midst of converting school science curriculum to the Next Generation Science Standards, an inquiry-based program created by several states, the National Research Council, the National Science Teachers Associationand the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Under the standards, teachers will increase the number of lessons on climate change and related environmental topics.

Click here to read the full story in the Connecticut News Times (March 19, 2017)

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