Texas Tech University

Climate Change Burns Its Way Up the Pop Charts

The New York Times

May 27, 2020

The New York Times - This year, I came up with the idea to analyze the frequency of climate change references in American popular music. Culture can be a bellwether, both signaling where we are heading and, occasionally, helping to steer society’s course. And while, anecdotally, it seemed that climate change has been appearing more frequently in music, I wanted to put numbers to it.

Like all good coinages, it's broadly useful. Katharine Hayhoe, a climate scientist at Texas Tech University, posted a definition of the word on Twitter: "The bitter pleasure of things going wrong in exactly the way you predicted, but no one believed you when it could have made a difference."

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