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Some Good News on Climate: A Big Shift among TV Weathercasters

The U.S. Federal government under the current administration is purging any discussion of climate change and global warming from its websites and trying to cut support for scientific research on climate. But public understanding is slowly improving, with the aid of many TV weathercasters (NBC, March 18, 2018). Eight years ago, the New York Times (March 29, 2010) described widespread opposition to the idea of global warming among forecasters on local television, based on a survey from George Mason University and the University of Texas. At that time, fewer than a third of these forecasters believed that warming was real and largely caused by humans, and a quarter agreed with the statement “Global warming is a scam.” Almost none of them mentioned climate change in their daily weather reports. But times are changing.

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