Climate change is conspicuously absent from college textbooks

Climate change is conspicuously absent from college textbooks

May 15, 2018

May 15, 2018

ASU graduate student Rachel Yoho was recently featured on the NexusMedia story "Climate Change Is Conspicuously Absent From College Textbooks." Yoho was concerned about the apparent absence of information about climate change in college textbooks. So, while pursuing her doctorate at ASU, she decided to look into the matter.

Yoho and her collaborator, Bruce Rittmann, director of ASU’s Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology, examined introductory textbooks in physics, biology and chemistry.

They focused on introductory books in specific fields because “in a cutting-edge research lab, we are used to looking at things across disciplines,” she said. Moreover, introductory textbooks “represent the intersection of teaching to non-scientists and training for future scientists,” she added.