Teaching Climate Science by Studying Misinformation

In this activity, students critically evaluate the arguments about climate change raised in a climate contrarian newspaper op-ed. This exercise is intended to strengthen student critical thinking and content knowledge at the end of unit on the climate system.

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Daniel Bedford
Weber State University

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Educators should read carefully the author's comments about the dangers of using these kind of opinion pieces.

Educators can apply the same methodology described in this activity to other opinion pieces that challenge estimated climate science.

Educator should be knowledgeable about typical climate denier arguments.

Additional materials on the [link http://www.skepticalscience.com/] website will support the educator in teaching this lesson.