Poll: People want to know what local weatherpeople have to say about climate change

The Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication released a poll on attitudes about the weather today and most Americans — based on the sample size of 1,000 of them — apparently think that climate change has a role in most of the significant weather events of the last year.


At the same time, however, most say they haven’t seen their local meteorologist talk about climate change, which doesn’t come as a surprise, as I’ve written about before on NewsCut. Without conclusive science, most meteorologists seem to steer clear of a topic they’re not particularly well trained to handle.

At the same time, however, 58-percent want to hear what the local forecaster has to say.

Overall, researchers say, people are basing a scientific conclusion on how they personally experience the weather. “That’s what we think is starting to happen for people,” Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale project told LiveScience.com. “One natural disaster they might see as random; two, that’s a coincidence; but three, and you’re starting to see a pattern.”

Here’s the survey.

  • kennedy

    It may not be typical, but I tune in to the local weather to find out if I need a jacket or umbrella tomorrow. Climate change is more about ocean temperatures and melting glaciers. I don’t expect the local forecast to include atmospheric CO2 levels or how many inches the ocean has risen in the past 5 years. It’s certainly important, but climate info belongs in a different forum. And for credibility, it should be presented by someone with a background in the subject.

  • Barrie

    It’s heartening to see that there is some change in people’s understanding of climate change and its immediate impact on the weather we all experience. I’m hopeful that most of us can get onboard with the idea that climate change is a problem that we would like to solve for the sake of our children and grandchildren.