14 Jan '12, 8am

There's a huge gap between public perceptions of what climate scientists think & what the scientists think.

You don’t need a weather man to tell which way the wind blows. But it would really help if weather men and women connected the dots between heat-trapping pollution, climate change, extreme weather, and health. There is a huge gap between public perceptions of what climate scientists think and what the scientists themselves have actually concluded. This is most striking in the Yale/GMU Climate Change Communications research finding that as of November 2011 only 41% of Americans believe that “most scientists think global warming is happening” (up from 34% in 2010 and down from 47% in November 2008). In fact, 97% of climate scientists subscribe to this conclusion as does the National Academy of Sciences and every relevant scientific association, such as the American Geophysical Union , the American Meteorological Society , and the American Physical Society . Various explanati...

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