Stumbling Over Data: Mistakes Fuel Climate-Warming Skeptics

Do minor errors erode public support on climate issues?

Although the scientific case for anthropogenic climate change has never been stronger, the stumbles and the attacks may be influencing a U.S. public that does not fully understand how science works. A poll in May by Rasmussen Reports found 39 percent of voters believe humans are to blame for global warming, down from 47 percent a year ago. These days climate researchers have to scrutinize their work for not only its scientific implications but also for the public-relations ramifications, too.

Note: This article was originally printed with the title, "Stumbling Over Data."

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