Minnesota schools could soon start teaching climate change as human-caused

It's part of the draft science education standards proposed by the state.
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Minnesota school curriculum could soon include science modules that teach climate change as a human-induced phenomenon.

The proposed change has been submitted to the Minnesota Department of Education as part of the draft science education standards that is out for public comment through Monday.

You can check out the change in language here, with one of the modules of study titled "Earth and Human Activity."

Among the possible tasks given to students across the state is the following: "Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment."

Jenna Totz, of nonprofit group Climate Generation, told MPR that this is the first time that climate change and human impact on it has been "explicitly called out."

The consensus among more than 97 percent of actively-publishing climate scientists is that the Earth's climate is changing, and human activity is the cause of it, according to NASA.

Nonetheless, there remains debate at political level about the level of policies that should be enacted to mitigate climate change and limit global temperature rises going forward.

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The United States government, for example, has recently taken a more skeptical stance towards climate science, withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement, and scrapping the Clean Power Plan that was designed to limit carbon emissions in energy generation.

The final draft of the new education standards are expected to be approved in May.

You can comment on the proposed new standards here.

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