Introducing climate change into the biochemistry and molecular biology curriculum

Henry V. Jakubowski, Nicholas Bock, Lucas Busta, Matthew Pearce, Rebecca L. Roston, Zachery D. Shomo, Cassidy R. Terrell

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Our climate is changing due to anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases from the production and use of fossil fuels. Present atmospheric levels of CO2 were last seen 3 million years ago, when planetary temperature sustained high Arctic camels. As scientists and educators, we should feel a professional responsibility to discuss major scientific issues like climate change, and its profound consequences for humanity, with students who look up to us for knowledge and leadership, and who will be most affected in the future. We offer simple to complex backgrounds and examples to enable and encourage biochemistry educators to routinely incorporate this most important topic into their classrooms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167-188
Number of pages22
JournalBiochemistry and Molecular Biology Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 24 2020

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