2011-02-26 02:55:08'Climategate' Undermined Belief in Global Warming Among Many TV Meteorologists, Study Shows
John Hartz
John Hartz

Only in America?

ScienceDaily (Feb. 23, 2011) — A new paper by George Mason University researchers shows that 'Climategate' -- the unauthorized release in late 2009 of stolen e-mails between climate scientists in the U.S. and United Kingdom -- undermined belief in global warming and possibly also trust in climate scientists among TV meteorologists in the United States, at least temporarily.


Journal Reference:

  1. Edward Maibach, James Witte, Kristopher Wilson. 'Climategate' undermined belief in global warming among many American TV meteorologists.. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 2010; : 100903134925005 DOI: 10.1175/2010BAMS3094.1
2011-02-26 03:00:59Related article
John Hartz
John Hartz


ScienceDaily (Mar. 29, 2010) — In a time when only a handful of TV news stations employ a dedicated science reporter, TV weathercasters may seem like the logical people to fill that role, and in many cases they do.

In the largest and most representative survey of television weathercasters to date, George Mason University's Center for Climate Change Communication shows that two-thirds of weathercasters are interested in reporting on climate change, and many say they are already filling a role as an informal science educator.

"Our surveys of the public have shown that many Americans are looking to their local TV weathercaster for information about global warming," says Edward Maibach, director of the Center for Climate Change Communication. "The findings of this latest survey show that TV weathercasters play -- or can play -- an important role as informal climate change educators."


2011-02-26 04:05:00
Paul D


AFAIK only one 'weather presenter' in the UK is somewhat 'skeptic' but he was skeptic before climategate.

I don't think any of them express an opinion on TV.

Another point of course is that in the UK 99% of the weather forecasting for TV shows comes from the UK Met Office and I believe they are the only organisation that uses the same model for weather forecasting and climate science??