A new home for Climate Sock

When I set up Climate Sock in 2009, there was a lot to look at. No-one had worked through all the polls that had been published in the years up till then on public attitudes to the environment.

Since then, we’ve seen polls on politics, energy sources and supposed climate fatigue, and some international comparisons too.

But new polls aren’t published as often as I’d like, nor does opinion usually change all that quickly. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to find new things to write about on a regular basis while remaining within the boundaries of what people think about the environment.

So Climate Sock is moving, to become part of a new site. In Noise of the Crowd, I’ll be looking at interesting things about public opinion: not only about the environment, but including anything that’s surprising, counter-intuitive or adds to current new stories.

Climate Sock will continue to live in Noise of the Crowd. All the old posts and comments have been transferred across, and everything about the environment has the tag ‘Climate Sock’, which you can access on the left of the site.

When new and interesting data about the environment are published, I intend still to write new articles, building on what we’ve already seen. I hope that readers of Climate Sock will carry on finding things that interest you in the new site, including environment articles but perhaps also including other ones as well. The change will mean that the site will keep being updated with fresh articles, even when there’s not been anything new about the environment.

I always appreciate your comments and would love to hear what you think about the new site, and any suggestions about how I could improve it.

Before I go. Following the last post’s linkfest, I wanted to pick out a couple of old Climate Sock posts that I thought were more interesting than others.  If you’re new to the sites, they’re probably a good place to start.


We shouldn’t be spending too much energy worrying about ‘belief’ in climate change.


Climate change campaigners often target altruism when appealing to self-interest may be more effective.


While people want action to tackle climate change, they’re deeply suspicious of government involvement.


Nuclear power is seen to have some advantages over gas, coal and oil, but it’s still greeted with suspicion.


The UK Greens get many fewer votes nationally than UKIP and the BNP, but they’re in a much stronger position to win seat.


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