NZ Herald:Global warming debate heats up

Philip Duncan writes in the New Zealand Herald about a New York Times article which found that climate change/global warming scepticism is not unusual amongst television weather forecasters, despite many of them having meteorology degrees.

An excerpt: (read in full here)

“The New York Times article says that researchers at George Mason University and the University of Texas at Austin found that only about half of the 571 television weathercasters surveyed believed that global warming was occurring and fewer than a third believed that climate change was “caused by human activities”.

“Even more stunning was the fact that more than a quarter of the weathercasters in the survey agreed with the statement “Global Warming is a scam”.

“The article says the split between climate scientists and meteorologists is gaining attention in political and academic circles because “polls show that public scepticism about global warming is increasing, and weather forecasters – especially those on television – dominate communications channels to the public”.”