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The Mission to Planet Earth curriculum offers students the opportunity to join NASA's latest mission by enrolling in the fictitious Terranaut Training Academy. Students design a mission patch and receive certificates after each unit completed.

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Available June 2011 from UT Press...
The Impact of Global Warming on Texas, Second Edition 

Welcome to the Texas Climate Initiative (TCI) a unique public resource dedicated to the advance of climate change science and education in Texas. Our goal is to have this website become an important resource for your "virtual" research and information needs on past, present, and future climate variability and change. We will review current scientific findings, policy strategies, and educational materials in a timely, credible, and comprehensible form. Special attention will be given to the risks and opportunities for Texas in the changing climate of the 21st century. A companion website, The Texas Climate News, will provide reporting and analysis of current news, opinion, and events.

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Climate data spark battle in Congress, by NEAL LANE and ROBERT HARRISS Climate data spark battle in Congress
by Neal Lane & Robert Harriss
Houston Chronicle, July 16, 2010 - Most Texans would agree with Jim Norwine, a geographer and climatologist at Texas A&M-Kingsville, that our state has "problematic" climates and that both private and public decision-makers need the best available climate data and analysis on where we may be heading next month and in years ahead. Determined to keep the U.S. on the cutting edge of climate data and analysis for decision-making, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has asked Congress to approve a climate services program.... continued at


The Changing Climate of South Texas 1900-2100

> new edition full text now online <

Global climate change will matter most in local places. The Changing Climate of South Texas 1900-2100: Problems and Prospects, Impacts and Implications, published by CREST-RESSACA at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, is now available in a new revised edition online. [read more]



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Design Guide for Undergraduate Earth System Science Education
A resource for teaching Earth system science

Go to: Design Guide for Undergraduate Earth System Science Education

This Design Guide for Undergraduate Earth System Science Education is a web-based resource for teaching Earth system science that represents the lessons learned from 15 years of NASA-supported Earth system science education programs at 57 universities and colleges throughout the United States.  The primary audience for the guide are faculty who are teaching or are interested in teaching Earth system science at the undergraduate level, but secondary audiences include college and university administrators interested in developing an undergraduate ESS curriculum, as well as high school practitioners and administrators. The Design Guide was developed and produced via a collaboration of faculty involved in the ESSE21 program.


Increase in Total Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Fossil Fuels, 1990 to 2007Environment Texas has released its latest national report titled Too Much Pollution: State and National Trends in Global Warming Emissions from 1990 to 2007. The report shows that even though Texas still leads the nation on global warming emissions, the state decreased by 4% between 2004 and 2007. This is also the first time state-by-state CO2 data for 2006 and 2007 have been released.

Pages 23-24 talk specifically about Texas.

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