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Climate Science: EPA Decision-Making and Education Efforts

This Web Seminar took place on March 28, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Dr. Marcus C. Sarofim, an environmental scientist in the Climate Science & Impacts Branch in the EPA's Climate Change Division and Erin Birgfeld. The presentation talked about the EPA’s role in identifying the gases that contribute to global climate change as harmful to humans and some background on the science that has determined that the current climatic changes are attributed to human behavior.

The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized under the My Resource Collections tab.

This program talked about the role of EPA as a government agency in interpreting the science of climate change and their work in protecting the public. Dr. Sarofim presented a wide range of data from different sources that displayed the understanding that science has developed around the current changes in global mean temperature and other effects of increased carbon dioxide on the Earth’s oceans, flora and fauna. Erin Birgfeld shared some of the EPA’s climate change online resources and talked about an upcoming web site for students. They also shared a large number of climate resources in a document that can be found in the Learning Center collection.

Twenty-seven (26) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Utah. One participant attended the Web Seminar from a country outside the United States: Turkey.

Seminar participants received one of the NSTA SciGuides. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants My PD Record and Certificates area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “This seminar gave me the data I need to understand climate change and how to use it.”
  • “Many of the parents, students, and staff at my school do not understand or believe that the climate is changing the graphs will be helpful way to show them the change.”
  • “This content was valuable to me because it will help me in my own classroom when those hard-to-answer questions come up concerning climate change, including my own questions.”
  • “Students visiting National Parks are learning about climate change and having answers to their questions are very important. I not only touch on history but like to tie in science as well.”

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

To see more programs on Climate Change visit: http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/

For more information contact webseminars@nsta.org

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