Most US Weather Forecasters Do Not Understand Human-Driven Climate Change

According to a 2011 survey, only one out of every 5 US meteorologists understand the human influence on climate change, reports Deborah Zabarenko at Reuters News. The climate change controversy has split the American Meteorological Society, whose members are Americans’ prime source of news about weather and climate, because, while research since 2007 has only solidified climate science findings, said society Executive Director Keith Seitter, the minority of AMS members who disagree, are often outspoken. The controversy has held up the society’s updated view on climate change but Seitter said expects the new AMS statement to hew closely to its position in 2007 and include updated scientific findings. But members are not required to report on human driven climate change, making it socially acceptable for news media and politicians to deny climate change and block any remedial action. An online grassroots campaign called “Forecast the Facts” supported by 350.org and others, insists that meteorologists inform their viewers about human driven climate change, a concept accepted by the US military, the National Academy of Sciences and the US insurance industry.

Sources

Storm over climate change among weather forecasters http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/02/us-climate-weather-idUSTRE81120K20120202  Weather forecasters, many of whom see climate change as a natural, cyclical phenomenon, are split over whether they have a responsibility to educate viewers on the link between human activity and the change in the Earth’s climates. Reuters

See also:

Forecast The Facts Responds To Criticism: Dialogue With Denier Weathermen Isn’t Enough http://thinkprogress.org/green/2012/01/27/413745/forecast-the-facts-responds-to-criticism-dialogue-with-denier-weathermen-isnt-enough/

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Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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