Daybreakers

30 Mar

Britain held one of its first televised candidates debate yesterday. While televised political debates are common in the U.S. they are not in the U.K. The Times of London reviewed the debate.

Here’s a clip.

Many weathercasters apparently dispute global warming.

Turner Gill, KU’s new football coach, had his first spring practice on Sunday. The Lawrence Journal-World was impressed.

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2 Responses to “Daybreakers”

  1. Adam March 30, 2010 at 8:00 pm #

    I think it’s important to note that many of these surveys, including the one that the NYT story focuses on, is sent out to both those with degrees in meteorology or atmospheric science and those who do not have a degree in either. This could very easily cause a huge shift in the outcome of the poll. The 25% of forecasters who agree with the statement that climate change is a hoax could very easily be made completely up of those who have no background in meteorology or climatology.

    Most forecasters choose to ignore or be skeptical of the research because of its politicized nature. Very little of the current research is impartial. Many researchers feel pressured to find results in both opinions in order to retain funding, which is a problem across many fields and issues.

    • jonathanshorman March 30, 2010 at 8:09 pm #

      That’s definitely something worth looking at.

      I think the NYT noted that there are forecasters with degrees and those without, but like you mentioned I don’t think it explained how that related to the results of the survey.

      Whether or not there is a correlation between degrees and climate change views, it’s definitely a newsworthy story as I would imagine most people are very trusting of their weather forecasters and they could have a sway on public opinion.

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