Google Launches Competing Climate Change Search

They say imitation is the highest form of flattery, in which case EcoInternet's Climate Ark should rejoice, as Google has launched an imitator climate change search with the excellent RealClimate science site. One would hope that Google, in moving into building a climate change search, would seek to work with people who have been doing so successfully on a shoestring for eight years. And in fact we had offered to share our expertise with Google (who does provide free search advertising for the ClimateArk). Regardless, our search engine beats the new RealClimate/Google search engine hands down. Sadly the search engine at RealClimate only thinks scientific information is important and worthy of inclusion (there must be only a couple dozen sites included) – while ClimateArk's much more expansive search engine makes fully searchable thousands of reviewed sites with reputable information on science, policy and advocacy. Sadly, many scientists think that doing something about climate change is less important than studying it. On the ClimateArk we are concerned with all aspects of knowing about and acting upon Climate Change. Our staff of two with a $50K/year budget welcomes the competition – I just hope Google is up to it 😉

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3 Responses

  1. Matt says:

    RealClimate, like any contribution to the global warming fight is welcomed. It, like EcoInternet, uses the principle of a database of scientifically approved sites as the bases of it’s full text searches. This gives a much more targeted search then the “whole web” type Goggle engine. EcoInternet is still the only engine that combines this with a taxonomic classification of resources links and a data warehouse of public domain news. The volumes of data going back over the last seven years gives results even though the original sources have long since removed the content from their sites and archives. Climate Ark is concerned with policy and advocacy as well as science. A far better search engine aleady exists.

  2. Y. Lou says:

    You are so right. Real climate is a great site, filling an important niche of getting climate science to a broader audience. But there is so little talk regarding what should be done. Climate Ark is one of the few sites I have seen broaching the science with advocacy for rigorous science based policy formulation. Google would have been well advised to harness their technology for doing something about climate change rather than quibbling about overwhelming science.

  3. Larry Cornell says:

    Go get 'em guys. The point you mention about the scientific community is one we may not start to deal with for decades. We have wonderful scientists, but we have social problems within science. I don't intend to put myself on the chopping block, but I would point out that most disciplines that use math these days rarely talk to mathematicians. Environmental problems are almost always interdisciplinary in nature but the science community is having a really hard time birthing interdisciplinary tenure tracks. This issue of the way the culture of science interacts with policy makers and thus affects policy formulation and implementation in aggregate and through personal influence is very important and is impacting the world. We see this in the debate over climate change. We see this in the discussion about peak oil. If Google defines their search engine too narrowly or allows certain sides of the debates to take precedence they will affect he debate itself. But those who really understand the issues will see the difference in quality.

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