The debate over global warming has created tensions between two groups that might be expected to agree on the issue: climate scientists and meteorologists, says the New York Times. Climatologists, who study weather patterns over time, almost universally endorse the view that the earth is warming and that humans have contributed to climate change. There is less of a consensus, however, among meteorologists, who predict short-term weather patterns.
A study released on Monday by researchers at George Mason University and the University of Texas at Austin corroborates this:
- Only about half of the 571 television weathercasters surveyed believed that global warming was occurring.
- Fewer than a third believed that climate change was "caused mostly by human activities."
- More than a quarter of the weathercasters in the survey agreed with the statement, "Global warming is a scam."
The dissent has been heightened by recent challenges to climate science, including the discovery of errors in the 2007 report by the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the unauthorized release of e-mail messages from a British climate research center last fall that skeptics say show that climate scientists had tried to suppress data, says the New York Times.
Source: Leslie Kaufman, "Among Weathercasters, Doubt on Warming," New York Times, March 29, 2010.
For more on Global Warming: