… what would it be? I’ll try to get practicing climate scientists to answer the most popular questions, so as the list of questions grows, please indicate which ones you would also like the answer to.
The Yale Project on Climate Change Communications has actually asked Americans in their “Global Warming’s Six Americas in May 2011” report “If you had the opportunity to talk to an expert on global warming, which of the following questions would you like to ask?”
They divide things up by their six groupings:
Nearly 40 percent of American adults are in the two groups most concerned about climate change – the Alarmed and the Concerned – while 25 percent of Americans are in the two groups least concerned about the issue – the Dismissive and Doubtful.
If given the chance to talk to an expert on global warming, the Alarmed and Concerned would most like to know what the nations of the world can do to reduce global warming, and if there’s still time to do so. The Disengaged would most like to ask whether global warming is actually occurring, and what harm it will cause. The Cautious, Doubtful and Dismissive would most like to have an expert explain how scientists know that global warming is happening and is caused by human activities.
Of course, Climate Progress readers are probably in a small subset of the “Alarmed” and already know how we know humans are causing global warming — see Eight great figures summarizing the evidence for a “human fingerprint” on recent climate change.
So what question would you ask a climate scientist?