The alarm goes off. But every time we hear it we hit the snooze button, roll over and go back to sleep. Until, that is, we suddenly wake up with a start and realise we are late - too late. It is a crude analogy, but a pertinent one when it comes to describing how we as a nation (and an international community) are treating the rapidly growing threat from global warming and climate change. The latest data from leading climate trend record keepers published last week is stark.
2017 was another exciting and thought provoking year in global science. In no particular order, here are some of the stories and topics that grabbed headlines and captured the public’s imagination in the area. I said these stories were listed in no particular order, but if they were then this would still be number one. Despite its massive significance, here in Ireland the discovery was somewhat under-reported because it was announced on the same day as ex-Hurricane Ophelia struck our shores.
€13bn. When talking about Apple in the context of Ireland right now, it is difficult to move past this enormous figure. It is the amount of money that the company owes to Ireland in unpaid taxes arising from what the European Commission says was selective treatment given to it by the Government here. Apple of course disputes this and has appealed the case to the European Court of Justice.
I’m really surprised by the number of people (some very angry and personally insulting) who have tweeted me since this was published this morning who still seriously question the overwhelming scientific evidence that we are responsible for climate change. https://www.rte.ie/news/2018/0120/934787-climate-change-threat/
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".