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Climate change: Howard perfect storm


Sam Roggeveen


9 December 2008 10:20

On last night's final episode of The Howard Years, former Prime Minister Howard said that in October 2006 he faced a 'perfect storm' on the climate change issue: the Stern Report, Al Gore's 'An Inconvenient Truth', early bushfires in Victoria, and increasing  despair about the drought. Howard said he sensed a 'ratcheting up of community interest and concern about the whole climate change issue around about that time.'

Some new data about newspaper treatment of climate change suggests Howard was only slightly off (h/t Drum). Looking at the Oceania data, newspaper mentions of climate change hit a peak in November 2006. But after a short drop, they hit even higher marks in mid-2007, indicating the political pressure on Howard never really relented. A very long storm indeed. 

Also interesting to note the steady drop in newspaper coverage of climate change in most of the surveyed markets around the world since early 2007.