John Coleman, the co-founder of the Weather Channel, has been a television fixture for over sixty years. However, his latest comments on climate change and the melting polar ice caps have caused executives to put some distance between him and the channel.
Coleman has been in the television industry for over 60 years. Having been the first weather anchor to grace the set of Good Morning America in the 1970s, his face became a recognized fixture in many households over the years. Coleman also spent many years in locations such as Chicago, New York and San Diego. While his knowledge for predicting the weather may prove vast, the Weather channel wants to ensure that he’s no longer affiliated with the company over his views on global warming.
Extreme Weather Blamed on Climate Change
The weather in recent years has exhibited some harsh extremes. From the recent Polar Vortex and hurricanes, to excessive rains and drought stricken areas, scientists have attributed much of this to climate change. While studies are consistently being done to support their findings, recycling, using Eco-friendly products and finding ways to be kinder to the earth are important actions we can do as environmental stewards to protect it.
John Coleman Debates Validity of Global Warming
In a recent interview on Megyn Kelly’s show, John Coleman discussed his views on climate change. Coleman feels that the findings and studies behind climate change are science at its worst. He also commented on the happiness of polar bears and how the polar ice caps aren’t melting as quickly as many predict that they are. Coleman also feels that climate change and global warming are utter hogwash, and he’s not afraid to make his views known.
After hearing Coleman’s remarks, David Kenny, the CEO of the Weather Channel, made it a point to distance the company from him. He felt that while Coleman has been an integral part of the formation of the company’s history, he’s no longer affiliated with the Weather Channel. He also praised Coleman for his efforts over 30 years ago. John Coleman’s comments during the interview have confused many, especially those trying to understand the impact climate change is making on the world today. While the company big wigs regret the confusion Coleman’s comments may have instilled in its viewers, they also want to reiterate that they support the stance that the Weather Channel has taken in regards to climate change — and the documentation and research that has been provided to back up their findings.
Scientific Community Consensus on Climate Change
While much is being done to try and reduce the carbon footprint we place on the planet, there are some that share similar views to John Coleman. The ones that subscribe to this point of view often agree with him that climate change is fabricated, and global warming is a political motivation to redistribute wealth around the world. Many people in the United States believe that there is a great deal of disagreement among researchers about whether climate change results from actions brought about by human activities. This is likely because they’ve heard it from sources such as politicians and industry advocacy campaigns.
Since so much controversy exists in the media, it would be reasonable to assume that that same sentiment may exist among the scientific community. However, that’s not the case according to hydrogeologist and educator, Scott K. Johnson. Johnson wrote about this subject in an article he wrote in May, 2013. In it, he wrote that out of 1,000 active climate scientists surveyed, “97 percent of them accepted the evidence for the consensus position that anthropogenic [originating in human activity] greenhouse gas emissions are largely responsible for the warming observed over the last century.”
That’s telling, and what’s more he wrote that surveys of 12,000 studies found a strong agreement among them regarding climate change. Johnson wrote about the survey findings in an article published on ARS Technica, a technology news and information website. Johnson based his article on the open access peer-reviewed scientific article, Quantifying the consensus on anthropogenic global warming in the scientific literature.