James Taylor, a senior fellow at Heartland, an Illinois-based group that dismisses climate change, said it is encouraging well-rounded classroom discussions on the topic. The group, which in 2017 sent thousands of science teachers copies of a book titled "Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming," is now taking its message directly to students. A reference book it is planning for publication this year will rebut arguments linking climate change to hurricanes, tornadoes and other extreme weather.
Mr Black added: "Coming on the back of a Budget that didn't even try to get the Conservatives on track to their net zero target, the conclusion that they don't have a plan for reaching it, just months before the UK hosts a major UN climate summit for the first time, should stimulate some serious thinking right across Whitehall."
On 22 April, hundreds of thousands of scientists and their supporters took to the streets in some 600 marches, rallies, and small gatherings around the world. The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump--with its rejection of the scientific consensus on climate change, its efforts to restrict immigration, and its plans for drastic cuts at science agencies--had galvanized scientists into unaccustomed political action. But the marches were also fueled by concerns beyond U.S. politics. Those included parochial worries about science funding, global concerns about climate change, and a fear that politicians and the public have lost sight of science as a force for improving the human condition. March leaders hope that the events are just the start of a sustained movement.