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Beware the Messenger: Climate Change Deniers Hold Fast

Television meteorologists are likely to be the most visible purveyors of science among the general population of American adults. It follows reason, then, that when they don't believe climate change exists, or that humans are causing it, their audience may receive the wrong message. Fortunately, a newly released study by George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communications shows that a growing number of broadcast meteorologists finally accept climate science and man-made climate change as fact. In 2011, 18% of broadcast meteorologists surveyed denied climate change. Today that figure has dropped to less than 10%.

KIMBRA CUTLIP is a freelance writer and former assistant editor for Weatherwise.

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