We could not resist putting this onto the news blog, it's a two hour course to indoctrinate weathermen into propagandists. Someone should take a course and challenge every silly assertion and then go public with what a crock this training is.......you could not make it up......ok you could....when will common sense win.....when we apply reason and logic using science.....and put a stop to this Greenwash
Excerpt: Warming air and oceans, beetle-ridden trees and thawing glaciers are sending a message.
New Online Course Helps Meteorologists Explain Climate Change
New tool helps broadcasters communicate science to the public
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Broadcast meteorologists now have a new source of science-based information to help them answer their audiences’ questions about climate change.
“Climate Change: Fitting the Pieces Together,” was made available today by the National Environmental Education Foundation, in partnership with the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and the Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education and Training (COMET®).
The two-hour course – offered free of charge – provides a basic overview of climate-change science and answers questions about climate change frequently asked by television news viewers. An advisory committee with representatives from government, academia, the nonprofit world and media developed the course.
“We are committed to providing the public with knowledge to live by, and the issue of climate change is as important as it is complex” said Debbie Sliter, vice president for programs at the National Environmental Education Foundation. “This program helps train meteorologists –a trusted source of science – to answer the public’s many questions about climate change and what it means to their families.”
Keith Seitter, executive director of AMS, said the new resource comes at an important time for the field.
“One of the most important environmental issues facing the public is climate change, and this course will help the broadcast community learn about the latest advances in climate science so that they can effectively pass the information on to their viewers,” Seitter said.
Vickie Johnson, an instructional designer at COMET, led the creation of the online course. She said multi-media lessons and a broad array of resources make “Fitting the Pieces Together” not only engaging, but responsive to the needs of meteorologists. Many of the topics presented in the course directly respond to an Emory University survey of meteorologists undertaken last year to determine what climate change questions the public were asking.
“Animations, graphics and audio narration help to provide insight into the scientific process and conclusions related to climate change,” Johnson said. “It also features an extensive resource page that includes links that users can download, detailed references and a presentation that can be used during speaking engagements.”
The course’s six units include:
§ What Changes Climate? From the whirling of the Earth to combustion chambers of a V-8 engine, a look at what influences Earth’s climate. Plus, climate highlights of a few hundred million years of Earth’s history.
§ Is It Real? Warming air and oceans, beetle-ridden trees and thawing glaciers are sending a message. This unit examines the evidence for change and what we know about its probable cause.
§ How Do We Know? From old-fashioned thermometers to computers running mind-bending mathematical models, this is how we know what’s happening now, and what’s likely to happen in the future.
§ Why Should We Care? Why a few degrees warming should make us sit up and take notice, and why most of us in the U.S. may see the first effects of climate change in our mailboxes.
§ How Sure are Scientists? Learn about the buzzwords that describe IPCC scientists’ level of certainty about current and future climate changes. Also, a look at what climate scientists really think.
§ What Next? Don’t panic, but don’t get complacent either. Here’s what we as a society and as individuals can do, as well as how climate science is progressing.
For more information on “Climate Change: Fitting the Pieces Together,” visit: http://meted.ucar.edu/broadcastmet/climate/
Earth Gauge® is a free environmental information service for broadcast meteorologists in major US media markets, based on the 3-5 day forecast. The service is designed to make it easy to talk about the links between weather and the environment on-air with simple facts and viewer action tips.
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