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ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: Wed Dec 05 15:42:03 EST 2012

ACS Climate Science Toolkit Fostering an understanding of climate science

A new web-based resource on climate science, designed to help scientists and others understand this key topic, is the focus of a Comment article in the current edition of Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the American Chemical Society’s weekly newsmagazine. ACS, the world’s largest scientific society, launched the resource this week.

ACS President Bassam Z. Shakhashiri explains in the article that the Society is among the major scientific organizations with position statements acknowledging the reality of climate change and recommending action. ACS’ policy statement mentions that people need a basic understanding of climate science in order to make informed personal decisions, and it describes climate change education for the public as “essential.” In 2011, Shakhashiri formed the ACS Presidential Working Group on Climate Science to develop a toolkit to guide members’ self-education about the fundamental chemical and physical processes that determine Earth’s climate.

Shakhashiri points out that the American Chemical Society Climate Science Toolkit, available at www.acs.org/climatescience, includes explanations of the greenhouse effect, how vibrational energy from molecules changes into translational kinetic energy and more. It also provides “Climate Science Narratives” that can be adapted and personalized for speaking to students, educators, public officials and other audiences.

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