Survey: WeatherCasters Coming Around on Climate Change

April 23, 2015

One of the frustrations for climate communicators over the years has been the unwillingness of TV weathercasters to come to grips with climate change.  That’s a big deal, because for a large majority of citizens, the weather guy or gal is the closest thing they ever see to an actual atmospheric scientist.
Most of them are not meteorologists, but rather communication specialists with (maybe) some met 101 courses in their transcript. Many are employed by extremely conservative media organizations, and are loathe to be seen as promoting a “liberal agenda” (science!).

For several years, there have been ongoing efforts by a number of top flight scientists and communicators to reach out and answer questions for this group.  It may be that these efforts, and the accelerated pounding by Mother Nature, are having an effect.

A new survey offers a glimmer of hope.

Below, Pippa the Weather Girl goes Rogue!

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6 Responses to “Survey: WeatherCasters Coming Around on Climate Change”


  1. Reblogged this on notestoponder and commented:
    Had to do it 🙂

  2. Peter Says:

    Pippa is WONDERFUL. But I share your frustration!


  3. Gee, I was kinda hoping for a link to the survey. Or some details about it …

  4. erichjk Says:

    Instead of throwing snow-balls in the Senate,
    When seasonally in-claimant weather, hot & cold, happens I wish all the weather folks would say;
    “Variability is the Hall Mark of Global Warming”

    CO2 must become a fungible commodity. Like oil. Oil cost more here or cost less there but the world oil price is controlled by a market. Adding the Externalized cost of oil, fossil carbons, to this market is what is needed. CO2 is that mechanism.

    Cap & Trade worked for NOX & SOX, no public outcry, no financial pain, the best solutions guided by the proverbial “invisible hand” sweeping away acid rain.
    Conventional policy is closing the Ozone Hole.

    The invisible hand of CO2e needs to be made manifest by policy, the same for NPK, nutrients in the wrong place have social/ecological cost, in the right places high values. Carbon in the right place tremendous soil values. These now mostly “Externalized Values” for society, hydrology, ecology, soils etc. must be placed on the balance sheet.

    “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars”, But in our policy.
    A Hansen Fee & Dividend, back to the people, will power said invisible hands.

    Soil-C Farming of Oz
    “The Cat’s Cradle”
    Improving Agricultural Productivity and Economic Viability through Improved Understanding of Natural Systems
    http://biochar.us.com/584/cats-cradle

  5. erichjk Says:

    CO2 must become a fungible commodity. Like oil. Oil cost more here or cost less there but the world oil price is controlled by a market. Adding the Externalized cost of oil, fossil carbons, to this market is what is needed. CO2 is that mechanism.

    Cap & Trade worked for NOX & SOX, no public outcry, no financial pain, the best solutions guided by the proverbial “invisible hand” sweeping away acid rain.
    Conventional policy is closing the Ozone Hole.

    The invisible hand of CO2e needs to be made manifest by policy, the same for NPK, nutrients in the wrong place have social/ecological cost, in the right places high values. Carbon in the right place tremendous soil values. These now mostly “Externalized Values” for society, hydrology, ecology, soils etc. must be placed on the balance sheet.

    “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars”, But in our policy.
    A Hansen Fee & Dividend, back to the people, will power said invisible hands.

    Soil-C Farming of Oz
    “The Cat’s Cradle”
    Improving Agricultural Productivity and Economic Viability through Improved Understanding of Natural Systems
    http://biochar.us.com/584/cats-cradle


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