"Extreme Weather More Persuasive on Climate Change Than Scientists"

"As one of the Marx brothers famously said: who do you believe, me or your own eyes?  Climate sceptics, it turns out, are much more likely to believe direct evidence of a changing climate in the form of extreme weather events than they do scientists, when it comes to global warming."

"A poll released on Friday by the Associated Press-GfK found rising concern about climate change among Americans in general, with 80% citing it as a serious problem for the US, up from 73% in 2009. Belief and worry about climate change were rising faster still among people who do tend not to trust scientists on the environment.

Some of the doubters said in follow-up interviews that they were persuaded by personal experience: such as record temperatures, flooding of New York City subway tunnels, and news of sea ice melt in the Arctic and extreme drought in the mid-west."

Suzanne Goldenberg reports for the Guardian December 14, 2012.


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"Flood Insurance Reform Act Could Promote Better Climate Preparedness" (Climate Science Watch)

Source: Guardian, 12/17/2012