2004: The Year Global Warming Got Respect

In 2004 global warming made the covers of National Geographic and Business Week magazines, was the subject of a blockbuster movie, and was a theme in a Michael Crichton’s best-selling novel State of Fear–all signs that the issue has captured widespread media attention.

“It is hard to imagine that any person who is aware of environmental issues today would not have some appreciation of the global warming issue,” said Jorge Sarmiento, a professor of atmospheric and ocean sciences at Princeton University.