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12 Aug 2014: Media Still Disproportionately
Including Views of Climate Change Skeptics

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Verheggen et al., ES&T
Media coverage of climate scientists
Despite strong agreement among a majority of climate scientists that human activities are contributing to global warming, media coverage still disproportionately includes the views of contrarian scientists, according to a study published in Environmental Science and Technology. In a survey of roughly 1,900 scientists, 90 percent of the respondents who had published more than 10 peer-reviewed climate science articles "explicitly agreed with anthropogenic greenhouse gases being the dominant driver of recent global warming" — a result in line with findings detailed in recent reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. When asked how often they were contacted by the media to comment on climate change issues, scientists holding views most skeptical of humans' contributions to climate change reported being contacted most often. Of scientists who view greenhouse gases' impact to be “insignificant or cooling,” 30 percent self-reported being featured frequently or very frequently in the media, as opposed to 15 percent of the majority of scientists in the survey, who view greenhouse gases as strongly contributing to warming.


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