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Vol. 35 No. 1
January-February 2013


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New Interactive Tools Demystify Science Behind Global Challenge

Understanding and responding to global climate change is a defining challenge of the 21st century. The science is complex and the data can often appear both bewildering and contradictory. In response, many give up trying to make sense of it. As an International Year of Chemistry 2011 legacy project, the King’s Centre for Visualization in Science announced the release of explainingclimatechange.com, a set
of peer-reviewed, interactive, web-based materials to help a global audience of students, teachers, science professionals, and the general public see and understand the science needed to inform responsible decisions about climate change.

Resources were developed over a five-year period by faculty and undergraduate students at the King’s Centre for Visualization in Science (Canada) as an IUPAC and UNESCO project in collaboration with chemists and educators from the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), the American Chemical Society, and the Federation of African Societies of Chemistry. Additional financial support was provided by Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council through the CRYSTAL and Undergraduate Student Research Programs.

“The 2011 UN International Year of Chemistry resolution stressed the role for education in and about chemistry in addressing challenges such as global climate change,” says Professor Peter Mahaffy, a member of the IYC global management team and co-director of the King’s Centre for Visualization in Science. “This rich set of IYC legacy resources helps users ask crucial questions about what we know and don’t know, use their learning of science to understand global climate change, and see how they can contribute with deeper understanding toward solutions.”

The King’s Centre for Visualization in Science is a research center of The King’s University College, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The center is committed to improving the public understanding of science in Canada and globally through the development of innovative ways to visualize science. Professors Brian Martin and Peter Mahaffy are co-directors of the center, working with a talented interdisciplinary team of undergraduate researchers. This past year, almost a quarter million visitors from over 100 countries accessed KCVS resources.

www.explainingclimatechange.com

www.kcvs.ca

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