College Textbooks Cover the Climate Crisis Less Than They Did Before 2010

By By Caroline Preston , The Hechinger Report, published January 2, 2023

Coverage of climate solutions dropped to 3 percent of the total content on climate change from 15 percent in the 90s.

This story was produced by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education.

Evidence is mounting fast of the devastating consequences of climate change on the planet, but college textbooks aren’t keeping up. A recent study found that most college biology textbooks published in the 2010s contained less content on climate change than textbooks from the previous decade, and gave shrinking attention to possible solutions to the global crisis.

The study, conducted by researchers with North Carolina State University, was based on an analysis of 57 college introductory biology textbooks published between 1970 and 2019. The researchers found that coverage of climate change increased over the decades, to a median of 52 sentences in the 2000s.

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