Storms and tornadoes lashed Midwestern states, hail buried vehicles in Texas, and a dust then thunderstorm hit New Delhi, India – all just a small sample of extreme weather events worldwide that occurred in one recent week, reports John Platt at Forbes. No wonder the latest poll showed that most Americans now believe global warming and climate change contributed to extreme US weather in the past two years, from heat waves and droughts to record snowfalls. Over 80 percent reported personally experiencing the weather while over a third were harmed by it. The Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication conducted the poll, and its report noted that extreme weather damage in 2011 alone cost the US over 50 billion dollars. Meanwhile, a March Gallup poll found an uptick in concern about climate change in a little over half of surveyed citizens. About a third of Americans have heard their TV weathermen mentioning climate change during weather reports, while most other citizens would like to hear what their weathermen have to say about climate change.
Poll: Most Americans Now Link Extreme Weather To Climate Change by John Platt at Forbes, and an extensive excerpt of it at RSOE EDIS. Storms and tornadoes in four Midwest states. Two earthquakes in Mexico. A dust storm followed by a sudden thunderstorm in New Delhi, India. Slushy hail that buried vehicles in Amarillo, Texas. These are just a few of the extreme weather events that hit worldwide last week, and increasingly, the public is viewing these events as side effects of global warming and climate change.
See also: In Poll, Many Link Weather Extremes to Climate Change by Justin Gillis at the New York Times