Extreme Weather and Climate Change in the American Mind, Fall 2012

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on November 1, 2012

News release: “The year’s string of “weird weather” — what weather professionals generally refer to as “anomalies” — appears to have had some significant impact on Americans’ attitudes toward global warming as a factor in determining every-day weather, according to new survey results. A question that arises now and in coming cooler months involves just how ongoing “normal” weather or anomalies, such as a warmer or cooler winter than many have come to accept as routine, might affect those attitudes. The new survey findings come from researchers at the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication — of which The Yale Forum on Climate Change & The Media is one initiative — and the George Mason Center on Climate Change Communication. The two organizations in recent years have jointly conducted numerous surveys on public attitudes toward climate change. See the PDF of the full report, Extreme Weather and Climate Change in the American Mind, September 2012. The latest Yale/George Mason survey findings are available just as a new resource from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, makes it easier for citizens to get a sense of the often record-breaking January-September 2012 weather in 180 cities across the U.S.”

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