"Climategate" surpasses "Global Warming" on Google

Note: title suffix – “autosuggest still blocked” has been removed, see update2 at bottom of story.

We’ve had the term “global warming” in the lexicon since well before the Internet became a household tool, certainly well before Google itself.

So it is with amazement that I report the rise of a new term, “Climategate” in just a little over 1 week in the Google search engine.

Here’s our old friend “global warming”:

And here is the new term that is spreading like lightning, “climategate”:

global warming  – 10,100,000

climategate – 10,400,000

Note that these are web searches, not news searches, but Google suggests a few news stories first. These two searches were conducted about 1 minute apart.

Individual results and search permutations may vary, but it sure seems like “climategate” has grown virally in since the story on the CRU files broke on November 19th.

Here are some other interesting tidbits about “climategate”.

Google seems to be blocking their search box suggestions from using the word, reports on WUWT and my own observation two days ago indicate it was once there. I used by upper right Google Search Box in IE8 to find out.

For example “global war….” has lots of suggestions:

And so does “climate”:

I find it interesting that climate depot and climate audit are suggested ahead of climate progress.

But even when you spell out almost the enirety of “climategate” Google doesn’t seem to think it’s worth suggesting to you:

With “climategate” now as big as, likely even bigger than “global warming” on the web, Google might want to rethink this.

UPDATE: From comments I see that “Bing”, the new search engine from Microsoft, has no such problems, and in fact puts “climategate” right at the top after only 3 letters “c l i”:

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I thought the Langjokull Glacier in Iceland was a nice touch. Bing apparently rotates backgrounds, so who knows what you’ll see.


UPDATE2: About 3 hours after this story was first posted, it appears that Google has added the word “climategate” to autosuggest.


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Seems no one can resist fiddling with things to make them more like they think they SHOULD be 🙂


For a moment I assumed it might be that they don’t index made up words (unlikely I know,) so I went to try a few other -gate scandals. Watergate obviously shows up. but so does monicagate, with just 31,000 pages.
Google likes to hide behind the idea that their algorithms are entirely automatic and that there’s no human intervention in the index, but there is. There’s been a conscious choice on the part of Google to index this particular neologism even though other memes will pop up and become part of the helper often within hours of their sudden rise to popularity.

Old Goat

Perhaps Google are in on it! Can we trust ANYONE? Will there be knocks on dissenter’s doors in the middle of the night? Are we safe in our beds? So many questions, so little time, so much to do, what with Copenhagen looming.
REPLY: I’m assuming this is sarcasm – A

Climate Change

It also surpasses “Angelina Jolie” or “Cristiano Ronaldo” 😉


That’s odd.
Googled ‘climategate’ about 10 hours ago and got over 11 million. Now down to 10.6.


Yet another reason to use Bing.
Typing “clim” gets you “Climategate” as the top suggestion.

Alan Haile

Latest from Telegraph
But note they say it may take ‘several months’ to get the necessary permissions, which will no doubt grow to years.


La-la-la-la-la…can’t hear you…don’t you know Copenhagen is coming up and we need to press our elected officials to commit to real action…even if if the science is bunk, we are causing our planet to die and must do something about it! This supposed “Climategate” story only detracts from our goals!
– at least what I suspect is happening at Google, Youtube, Wikipidia, CBS, etc, etc, etc.

Phillip Bratby

On 11/25/2009 I commented:
See http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/11/25/climategate-hide-the-decline-codified/#comments
” Phillip Bratby (11:43:44) :
In less than 8 hours, google hits on “Climategate” have gone from 160,000 to 24,200,000. Hockey stick anyone? Isn’t 24,200,000 about the same as WUWT hits? Coincidence or WATT?”
Funny how google goes up and down.


This, more than anything, frightens me about what kind of servile future some people are trying to bring about.


248,000 for Professor Michael Mann , several hits in the top 10 associate him w/Climate Gate. Such fun.

Bobby W

Bing for “climategate” gives 50,900,000 hits; “global warming” gives 15,300,000 .


Churnalism, a close cousin of Climategate, gets only 108,000

For reasons of additional disclosure I note that a search on Google for “Globalwarming” (all one word) produces12,300,000 results. However, the point of this blog entry is still with merit and significance. Google has historically made pro-AGW material much more accessible via their system than material which challenges the IPCC, AGW supporters, and Gore.
The numbers for ‘climategate’ indicate that the issue is not simply going to disappear in a matter of hours or a few days. The integrity and ethic of KEY PLAYERS have been rightfully questioned and the proof is now public. A sad day for the scientific community.

Methow Ken

Several of us concurred in prior comments on other threads:
”climagegate” definitely WAS offered in the Google search suggestions list for a time a couple days ago, and then ”became disappeared”.
. . . leading me to suggest WRT last comment in this thread start; i.e.:
”Google might want to rethink this.”
I think it’s crystal clear that having climategate ”go missing” in the Google suggestions list was very definitely and deliberately ”thought about”, from the partisan AGW agenda perspective.
As another WUWT commenter astutely pointed out on another thread:
Al Gore sits (or at least used to sit) on the Google BOD. ‘nough said.

L. Gardy LaRoche

Anthony: Possibly a separate WUWT post for this? Have a nice Saturday Anthony! 🙂
Latest from Telegraph: Climate change: this is the worst scientific scandal of our generation.

Karl Maki

In fact, Bing recommends climategate as soon as you get to “cli…”, and returns 50.8 million hits.


It seems the MSM is cracking. The Times has just weighed in with a scorching dismissal of the abuse of process:

The results for a Google “climategate” search are now 722,000!!!
They have totally ripped the guts out of the result numbers. It’s not even a subtle manipulation, it’s a blatant fraud. Google are globalist scum.
Here is a screenshot

Stephen Brown

Just googled “climategate”
Results 1 – 10 of about 10,600,000 for climategate. (0.23 seconds)


You know what?
I think I will switch to Bing.


Google is known for removing unwanted search terms. Another autosuggest that disappeared is CRU Email. Type in CRU and the autosuggest would suggest CRU Email, now CRU suggests nothing.

North of 43 south of 44

Google goes up and down because it is a distributed system in continuous update, trying to handle so much information that the counts you see are nothing more than estimates. It takes close to a month for even old dead static information to stabilize in search results when major index updates are rolled out.
All of the search engines have pretty much the same problems and as long as the web keeps adding pages it will only get worse.
Been there, done that, today a few grand tomorrow nada.

Between Google, Wiki and the roaring silence from the MSM, I’m beginning to get a very uneasy INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS feeling about this.

Calvin Ball

Bing shows 50,800,000 results

And this may be just me, but it seems like the quality of the tops hits is also better at bing.

Chris Schoneveld

Who was it who suggested the term first? I recollect someone suggesting it on WUWT just after the news broke.


And more from the Times….
Seems the media are finally waking up:


WoW it is in the UK Times online now:
The great climate change science scandal.
Leaked emails have revealed the unwillingness of climate change scientists to engage in a proper debate with the sceptics who doubt global warming.
23,300,000 results for “climate change” on google though.


OT, sorry to threadjack…
HAHA… Russian Scientist (defending AGW scientists from climategate emails) claims on live TV that Malaria has never occurred in Russia. The claim is near the end. The British scientist debating him laughs out loud at him.



Results 1 – 10 of about 10,400,000 for climategate. (0.10 seconds)
All we can *really* say at the moment is that something is happening with the numbers. Anyone’s motivation is pure guesswork.
You might be right about Google’s reasons, but it’s hardly “crystal clear”. That’s the sort of mistake that AGW proponents make when they link melting glaciers etc with dangerous warming.
Please, let’s keep the argument to facts.


I don’t claim to understand how Google works but I tried an interesting little search: +Climategate +Watts.
It turns up two results:
Climategate: Pielke Senior on the NCDC CCSP report – “strong arm … 26 Nov 2009 … Watts Up With That? Commentary on puzzling things in life, nature, science, ….. When the Google hit count for ”climagegate” passes ”global …
wattsupwiththat.com/…/climatgate-pielke-senior-on-the-ncdc-ccsp-report-strong-arm-tactics/ – Cached –
Climategate: “Men behaving badly” – a short summary for laymen … 25 Nov 2009 … Watts Up With That? Commentary on puzzling things in life, nature, science, ….. Could Dr. Mitchell be ClimageGate’s “Deep Throat”? …
It offers you the opportunity then to search for more results on “Wattsupwiththat.com”.
That search, however, results in an error:
Error: The server could not complete your request. Try again in 30 seconds.
Is this standard behaviour for Google? The search was conducted on google.ca, not .com.
Just wondering…

Vladimir D.

I bet $1.00 that the data they officially release will differ from the 100+MB of raw data in the FOI2009 archive.


Just as an aside, the term Medieval Climate Anomaly I first came across on this website as the preferred tem in Michael Mann’s paper yet when I Google Medieval Warm Period, the tope result is the wiki page where it says:
“Some refer to the event as the Medieval Climatic Anomaly as this term emphasizes that effects other than temperature were important.”
Interestingly the reference for this is a paper of some years ago, but one which postdates, it appears, the representation of the MWP as having been ommited from the earlier AGW graphs.
I wonder how many other subtleties of rededinition we are missing?

Bruce Cobb

Chris Schoneveld (13:41:05) :
Who was it who suggested the term first? I recollect someone suggesting it on WUWT just after the news broke.
Bulldust did it. Warmista thugs will probably be paying him a visit with hockey sticks.


In fact, Bing recommends climategate as soon as you get to “cli…”

Interesting. “Climategate” overtook “Clip Art” between the time my comment and Karl Maki’s were posted.
By tomorrow, just typing “c” should be enough.


I did notice that you only have to type “c” into Google’s news search to get climategate. Only 600ish results there.


From my experience of Google it does take a little time for Autosuggest to kick into gear. I maybe wrong but I don’t think its deliberate IMHO. As for the results it is truly REMARKABLE!!! 10 days as opposed to 30 years.
On a slightly skeptical note all is not known about Google’s Algorithms and how they choose to present Autosuggest so I would not put too much questioning there for now. I think over time it will move to nearer the top of the Autosuggest.


Also: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/copenhagen-climate-change-confe/6678469/Climategate-University-of-East-Anglia-U-turn-in-climate-change-row.html
In a statement welcomed by climate change sceptics, the university said it would make all the data accessible as soon as possible, once its Climatic Research Unit (CRU) had negotiated its release from a range of non-publication agreements.

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Michael Hove

The Google and Obama connection. See the November 9, 2009 Fortune cover story. “Obama & Google: A Love Story”. Pages 105-112.
Page 105 “Google CEO Schmidt actively stumped for the candidate (Obama) and served as an informal economic adviser during the campaign, and after Obama was elected, Schmidt and other Google executives forked over $25,000 apiece to help pay for the inaugural celebration.”
As the old saying goes “Follow the money”


Climategate: University of East Anglia U-turn in climate change row
CRU in Damage Control Bid
Leading British scientists at the University of East Anglia, who were accused of manipulating climate change data – dubbed Climategate – have agreed to publish their figures in full.
By Robert Mendick
28 Nov 2009
Leading British scientists who were accused of manipulating climate change data have agreed to publish their figures in full.
David Holland is seeking prosecutions against some of Britain’s most eminent academics for allegedly holding back information in breach of disclosure laws.
The U-turn by the university follows a week of controversy after the emergence of hundreds of leaked emails, “stolen” by hackers and published online, triggered claims that the academics had massaged statistics.
In a statement welcomed by climate change sceptics, the university said it would make all the data accessible as soon as possible, once its Climatic Research Unit (CRU) had negotiated its release from a range of non-publication agreements.
The publication will be carried out in collaboration with the Met Office Hadley Centre. The full data, when disclosed, is certain to be scrutinised by both sides in the fierce debate.
A grandfather with a training in electrical engineering dating back more than 40 years emerged from the leaked emails as a leading climate sceptic trying to bring down the scientific establishment on global warming.
David Holland, who describes himself as a David taking on the Goliath that is the prevailing scientific consensus, is seeking prosecutions against some of Britain’s most eminent academics for allegedly holding back information in breach of disclosure laws.
Mr Holland, of Northampton, complained to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) last week after the leaked emails included several Freedom of Information requests he had submitted to the CRU, and scientists’ private responses to them.
Within hours, a senior complaints officer in the ICO wrote back by email: “I have started to examine the issues that you have raised in your letter and I am currently liaising with colleagues in our Enforcement and Data Protection teams as to what steps to take next.”
The official also promised to investigate other universities linked to the CRU, which is one of the world’s leading authorities on temperature levels and has helped to prove that man-made global warming not only exists but will have catastrophic consequences if not tackled urgently. Mr Holland is convinced the threat has been greatly exaggerated.
In one email dated May 28, 2008, one academic writes to a colleague having received Mr Holland’s request: “Oh MAN! Will this crap ever end??”
Mr Holland, who graduated with an external degree in electrical engineering from London University in 1966 before going on to run his own businesses, told The Sunday Telegraph: “It’s like David versus Goliath. Thanks to these leaked emails a lot of little people can begin to make some impact on this monolithic entity that is the climate change lobby.”
He added: “These guys called climate scientists have not done any more physics or chemistry than I did. A lifetime in engineering gives you a very good antenna. It also cures people of any self belief they cannot be wrong. You clear up a lot of messes during a lifetime in engineering. I could be wrong on global warming – I know that – but the guys on the other side don’t believe they can ever be wrong.”
Professor Trevor Davies, the university’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research Enterprise and Engagement, said yesterday: “CRU’s full data will be published in the interests of research transparency when we have the necessary agreements. It is worth reiterating that our conclusions correlate well to those of other scientists based on the separate data sets held by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.
“We are grateful for the necessary support of the Met Office in requesting the permissions for releasing the information but understand that responses may take several months and that some countries may refuse permission due to the economic value of the data.”
Among the leaked emails disclosed last week were an alleged note from Professor Phil Jones, 57, the director of the CRU and a leading target of climate change sceptics, to an American colleague describing the death of a sceptic as “cheering news”; and a suggestion from Prof Jones that a “trick” is used to “hide the decline” in temperature.
They even include threats of violence. One American academic wrote to Prof Jones: “Next time I see Pat Michaels [a climate sceptic] at a scientific meeting, I’ll be tempted to beat the crap out of him. Very tempted.”
Dr Michaels, tracked down by this newspaper to the Cato Institute in Washington DC where he is a senior fellow in environmental studies, said last night: “There were a lot of people who thought I was exaggerating when I kept insisting terrible things are going on here.
“This is business as usual for them. The world might be surprised but I am not. These guys have an attitude.”
Prof Jones, who has refused to quit despite calls even from within the green movement, said last week in a statement issued through University of East Anglia, “My colleagues and I accept that some of the published emails do not read well. I regret any upset or confusion caused as a result. Some were clearly written in the heat of the moment, others use colloquialisms frequently used between close colleagues.”
He suggested the theft of emails and publication first on a Russian server was “a concerted attempt to put a question mark over the science of climate change in the run-up to the Copenhagen talks”.
He added: “Our global temperature series tallies with those of other, completely independent, groups of scientists working for NASA and the National Climate Data Center in the United States, among others. Even if you were to ignore our findings, theirs show the same results. The facts speak for themselves; there is no need for anyone to manipulate them.”

Benjamin P.

I love the smell of paranoia in the morning

Snake Oil Baron

I am used to google news being biased far to the left with seemingly every tenth “news” article suggested having a name like “Marxist Brotherhood”, “Socialist Progressives” or “The Stalinist Times/Transcript” but I had thought that their search engine was so dependant on bots and such that it was pretty objective. That’s probably why they suggested climategate originally and then some human decided to cleanse it. How long before Google search results become biased by human political ideology the way their news has been?
I was going to have a rant about Google’s YouTube having a double standard in what material they allow from terrorist supporters verses terrorist critics but I would probably go too far off topic and make statements which, while true, might be a legal liability to this blog and thus get snipped so I’ll bite my metaphorical tongue. Search for the words YouTube, smackdown, and jihad if you are interested in the subject.

What? No Hat tip? After all I put it in your comments. You even knocked me from 2nd to 3rd if you google “google climategate.”


This I had noticed too but once I had my previous comment out of the way I went and started a Climate… search in Google and Climategate now is offered to us… responding to WUWT?
More interestingly a search shows that UEA will now release its data…
….. but only once they have negotiated with those for whom the data has economic value… this they estimate may take a few months.
True? or a delaying tactic?
ANy organisation that refuses to release its data under the current circumstances should be named and shamed. Or maybe, Prof Jones will share a little more of his huge grants fund to help them out?


This is quite important re Australian Politics Galaxy Poll Australia shows 60% want ETS delayed and 80% don’t even understand it! Sunday Mail Australia Poll taken Yesterday completely contradicts Mr Turnbull’s “private Polling” This will surely influence change of Coalition leader Tuesday and eventually if the ETS is even considered again here.

Wayne Delbeke

Use the hyphenated form and you will get twice as many hits – climate-gate
Dump the paranoia, use another search engine


Further to my last post please note that people in different countries can see different results from different servers. It’s basically down to servers and updating. Be a little gentle on Google as it is dealing with billions of pages. Just look at the proliferation of WUWT pages and other blogs for example 🙂
I have my own website which I have been running for 8 years now and have noticed issues that’s why I comment on this though I maybe wrong. Just be patient on Autosuggest I suggest.