In three cases, the textbooks seem to confuse climate change and ozone depletion. One implies that it’s the loss of the ozone layer that’s leading to the planet’s warming by letting more sunlight in. Two others confuse carbon dioxide emissions with those of ozone destroying chemicals. One states that “Fossil fuel emissions have also caused a hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica,” while another argues “Scientists believe the Earth is absorbing more of the sun’s harmful rays” as part of its coverage of science issues.
The problematic phrasing of the second—which suggests that scientists simply believe stuff, rather than being convinced by the evidence—makes appearances in several texts. Other passages create a false balance. One states that “Scientists disagree about what is causing climate change,” when very few of them, in fact, disagree about attributing the majority of warming to human influences.
If those are confused and misleading, at least one of the textbooks presents a bizarre opinion that we’ve never seen voiced by an actual scientist: “Some scientists say it is natural for the Earth’s temperature to be higher for a few years. They predict we’ll have some cooler years and things will even out.”Texas textbooks butcher climate change coverage—in social studies | Ars Technica (via jenn2d2)