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Weather Talk: Driving climate change

Broadcast meteorologists from across the U.S. are increasingly buying into the idea that humans have become a significant driver of climate change. This is according to a major survey of broadcast meteorologists released last week conducted by Ge...

Broadcast meteorologists from across the U.S. are increasingly buying into the idea that humans have become a significant driver of climate change.

This is according to a major survey of broadcast meteorologists released last week conducted by George Mason University with several partners including the American Meteorological Society. Over the past several decades, concern about human-caused climate change has grown throughout the scientific community.  But interestingly, actual climatologists and meteorologists have, as a group, been a bit more skeptical; first about whether or not the climate was actually warming and, more recently, about the degree of human influence.

But over time, increasing evidence from atmospheric chemistry, oceanography, glaciology, and other sciences has corroborated with the climate change data.  The survey does reveal a continued healthy skepticism, particularly regarding forecasts of future climate change, but a clear trend toward acceptance of the basic concepts.

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