Over at Bishop Hill’s blog, he posted this graph below which is an output from a special Google Labs search query. It lists the percentage of books that are about nuclear war and climate change.
Fittingly, the climate change graph (blue) is a hockey stick.
Bishop hill came up with what I consider to be a stunningly great caption, and this is well worthy of submitting to graphjam if somebody wants to do that. He called it:
“Conservation of worry”
…which is really one of the best labels I’ve read in a long time.
You can run this query yourself.
Here’s the link.
Taking that a step further, let’s add “global warming” to the mix.
Unfortunately it seems this query only covers data up to 2008. It will be interesting to see if there’s a recent decline after that given Climategate. Adding that word to the mix yields no hits, so it apparently is not in the database. Ditto for “climate disruption”.
But there is another word trend that seems to mirror “global warming” but may have peaked:
Feel free to share.