SEE THE UPDATE AT THE END OF THE POST
# # #
Joe Romm of ThinkProgess/Climate presented a graph yesterday that showed the dwindling newspaper coverage of global warming and climate change. See his post Silence of the Lambs: Climate Coverage Drops At Major U.S. Newspapers, Flatlines on TV. The graph was produced by the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Colorado. See their webpage here. U.S. Newspaper coverage of global warming and climate change peaked in 2006 and 2007 with the release of Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” and the IPCC/Gore nomination and award of the Nobel Peace Prize. Coverage has been declining ever since.
Worldwide newspaper coverage of global warming and climate change shows a curiously different curve.
Worldwide, newspaper coverage peaked in December 2009. And what does that coincide with? CLIMATEGATE!
It should go without saying, if global warming enthusiasts would like additional newspaper coverage, someone at one of the research facilities, or a hacker, will have to release another round of emails that show climate scientists behaving badly.
# # #
UPDATE: A couple of bloggers suggested that the 2009 COP climate conference in Copenhagen may have been the cause of spike in 2009. The following gif animation compares screencaps of Google Trends for “Climate Conference”, “COP conference” and “Climategate”. The conferences occur annually but there was unusually high interest in the one in 2009 (that trailed Climategate by a few weeks).