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Activists And Professors Say Texas Textbooks Need Climate Change Edits

Ross Ramsey
Texas Tribune

University professors and activists are urging two major textbook publishers to modify climate change lessons in social studies books being considered for adoption in Texas classrooms.

The advocates say there's virtually no debate among scientists that human activity is contributing to climate change. But they say proposed books by Pearson Education and McGraw-Hill are too skeptical on the subject.

During a conference call Wednesday, professors and activists said it's a science topic but carries over into other classes, including history.

Texas' Board of Education votes next week on new social studies and history books for use statewide beginning in 2015.

After calls from activists, some smaller publishers with books up for approval edited their climate change sections. But Pearson and McGraw-Hill haven't made changes.