Climate change education varies across states, and often from one classroom to the next

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If I read this week that the oil industry spends $ 1 billion a year on spreading the wrong information about climate change, then you can see how much influence this has on articles that we read. And then I am not even talking about the non information that is being distributed in social media climate change groups that are often managed by climate change deniers.

“It is a pretty scary topic to take on,” said Allen, a teacher at Sanford Junior High School, in southern Maine. “There are some pretty tricky websites out there. You kind of have to be an expert to be able to see through that like, ‘Oh, no, these guys aren’t telling you the truth.’”

There are materials produced by climate change doubters, lesson plans developed by the oil industry, and countless other sites with misleading or outdated information. The Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network , funded by federal grants, reviewed more than 30,000 free online resources and found only 700 acceptable for use in schools.

“There’s a lot of information that’s out there that is broken, old, misleading, not scientifically sound, not sound technically,” said Frank Niepold, a climate education coordinator at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Teachers across the country describe struggles finding trustworthy materials to help them teach their students about climate change. [AP Photo/Sarah Blake Morgan] Hide caption By Michael Melia / The […]

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