We had a new study come out today that used Google search engine data to look at the effects of media events, such as the 2009 'climategate' hacking of climate scientists emails in the UK, on public interest in climate change. We found that these events had very fleeting effect on public interest and search terms indicating skepticism.

A more worry finding, however, was that long-term public interest appears to be declining since 2007. This is potentially a problem for motivating action on climate change.

The study is freely available - check it out!