The Heartland Institute has long taken it as part of its mission to provide factually grounded scientifically verified contributions to the ongoing debate concerning the causes and consequences of climate change.
To advance the scientific debate among academics and policy leaders Heartland has hosted 14 International Conferences on Climate Change attended by thousands since 2008 and published the six-volume Climate Change Reconsidered series by the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change.
Recognizing that the materials commonly used in public schools discussing climate change often fail to provide accurate, balanced information, in 2015 The Heartland Institute published Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming, a short discussion of climate change for lay audiences, mailing more than 200,000 copies to teachers across the United States to supplement and provide balance to the information they present in the classroom on climate change.
Heartland’s education efforts continue with the release on Earth Day 2022 of its newest publication, “Climate at a Glance for Teachers and Students: Facts on 30 Prominent Climate Topics.”
This book provides accurate, critical, and referenced, information on 30 of the most frequently argued climate issues. The chapters are short, “at-a-glance” summaries, discussing topics ranging from rising temperatures to crop production, and from hurricanes, droughts, and wildfires to coral reefs, sea level rise, and human health.
“Each topic has key takeaways, and is cited and referenced, often using U.S. government data from NOAA, NASA, EPA and other agencies to cut through the clutter and show the reality of each climate topic,” said Heartland Institute Senior fellow Anthony Watts, a co-author of the book, who worked as meteorologist for decades for television and radio news stations, describing the goals of the book in a press release announcing the book’s launch.
“After spending decades on-camera during the evening TV news presenting meteorological events and trying to explain them in a way that a layperson can understand, I applied that experience to the production of this book.
“Simple, easy-to-digest explanations, factual references, and compelling graphics allow for easy reading of what are often complex climate topics,” Watts said.
Heartland Institute President, James Taylor explains why this book is needed now.
“The environmental left has done everything in its power to monopolize climate messaging and prevent students from learning the truth about asserted climate change,” said Taylor in Heartland’s press release. “Climate at a Glance for Teachers and Students shows that scientific truth will always win out over agenda-driven propaganda.”
A free digital (PDF) copy of Climate at a Glance for Teachers and Students can be found at this link.
Alternatively, a paperback version of Climate at a Glance can be ordered now from Amazon, and batches of print copies will soon be available and mailed to science teachers across the country.
H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D. is managing editor of Environment & Climate News and a research fellow for environment and energy policy at The Heartland Institute. Burnett worked at the National Center for Policy Analysis for 18 years, most recently as a senior fellow in charge of NCPA’s environmental policy program. He has held various positions in professional and public policy organizations, including serving as a member of the Environment and Natural Resources Task Force in the Texas Comptroller’s e-Texas commission.
April 22, 2022, By H. Sterling Burnett