Tuesday, April 2nd 2013, 1:25 PM EDT
The global warming conundrum has been on full display over the past 24 hours. Even as one of the nation’s most prominent climate scientists has decided to retire in order to become a full-time activist, a new Pew Research poll suggests public interest and intensity with the issue is waning.
James E. Hansen, who directs the Goddard Institute of Space Studies in New York City, has been warning policymakers about the threat of climate change since 1988. And while he remains one of the nation’s most outspoken activists on global warming, he decided he needed to pursue the cause full time rather than juggle his outside activities with a full-time job.
Hansen’s retirement comes as two new polls out Tuesday suggest he — as well as President Obama, who has identified climate change as one of his top second-term priorities – face a major challenge in convincing the public of the urgency of the issue.
A new Pew poll shows the percentage who say that global warming is a “very serious” problem has slipped six points since October.
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