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A new survey reveals what TV weathercasters think about climate change. Lester Graham reports... that's important because many people look to the TV weathercaster for information about climate change.

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Transcript: Lester Graham, March 30, 2010

A new survey reveals what TV weathercasters think about climate change. Lester Graham reports... that's important because many people look to the TV weathercaster for information about climate change.

Surveys by the George Mason University researchers have shown many people trust the person who tells you whether to take an umbrella for news of global warming. Edward Maiback is director of the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason. The survey revealed different TV weathercasters have different opinions about climate change.

Maiback: About half of them tell us, responded to our survey that climate change is real; about a quarter said that it wasn't and about another 20 percent said that they weren't sure.

By comparison, a survey of leading climate scientists found 96-percent of them indicated climate change was real and human activity is a significant cause.

Maybe that differences shouldn't be surprising. Forecasting the weather is NOT the same as predicting climate change. Weather... is next week. Climate is the next century.

For The Environment Report, I'm Lester Graham.

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