Visualizing Climate Change Based on Google Searches

by Shay Strong (JHU/APL)

I recently came across a short movie entitled  "Climate Change Search Trends Visualized". The movie analyzes how, when, where, and why people think about four different eco-buzzwords: "climate change", "global warming", "carbon footprint", and "go green". The investigation is based on contrasting and comparing the global trending data gathered from Google searches. Rather than examining the science behind the issue, this piece looks at the popularity of Google searches for environmental keywords. This appears to be a simple idea, but those can have the biggest impact when it comes to visualizing something as complex as global climate change.

The original post and movie can be viewed here.



thought provoking

This movie shows that there are novel ways of looking at the problems of communication and perception of problems related to climate change.  If I were a politician trying to put forward climate change related legislation I'd do it in April or November after watching this!