On-Air Weathercasters views on Climate Change

2016 national survey of broadcast meteorologists

A survey of 646 Broadcast Meteorologists:

Selected Findings (Page 3 of report)

Views of climate change:

  • Nearly all weathercasters (over 99%) think climate change – as defined by the American Meteorological Society – is happening.
  • Nearly half of weathercasters (46%) are convinced that the climate change over the past 50 years has been primarily or entirely due to human activity, and nearly one-quarter (22%) think it is more or less equally caused by human activity and natural events. About one-quarter (24%) think the change has been primarily or entirely due to natural events. 
  • Weathercasters have diverse views on the extent to which additional climate change can be averted over the next 50 years, if mitigation measures are taken worldwide: only 13% think a large amount or all additional climate change can be averted; many more think a moderate (39%) or a small (34%) amount of additional climate change can be averted; and 13% think almost no additional climate change can be averted.
  • Weathercasters also hold diverse views about the extent to which harm – to people’s health, agriculture, fresh water supplies, transportation systems, and homes and other buildings – can be prevented over the next 50 years: a quarter (23% to 26%) think a large amount or almost all of the harm to these things can be prevented; one-quarter to one-third (26% to 36%) think a moderate amount of harm can be prevented; and another quarter (24% to 28%) think only a small amount or none of the harm can be prevented.
  • Slightly over half (54%) of weathercasters think the local climate in their area has changed in the past 50 years as a result of climate change, while one-quarter (24%) think it hasn’t, and a nearly one quarter say they don’t know (22%). Most weathercasters who think their local climate has changed say the impacts have been approximately equally mixed between beneficial and harmful (60%); one-third (33%) say the impacts of been primary or exclusively harmful, and 6% say the impacts have been primarily beneficial.

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