The results of AOL Hot Searches for 2007 just came out. And with it, the surprise of global warming making it to the top 10 list of most searched news items: Chris Benoit (wrestling) Phentermine (weight loss) Pet food reca

ll (pets)
Global warming
Virginia Tech
Iraq
Juanita Bynum
Iran
Immigration
Don Imus

That’s progress, compared to the 2006 list:

Gas prices
Steve Irwin
Immigration
Bird flu
Iraq
Natalee Holloway
Debra Lafave
Rush Limbaugh
Lebanon
Hurricane Katrina

For a more accurate picture, one needs to also look at the two leading search engines, Google (54%) and Yahoo (23%).

According to Google Zeitgeist for 2007, Google News Most Popular Searches worldwide are:

American Idol
Youtube
Britney Spears
2007 Cricket World Cup
Chris Benoit
iPhone
Anna Nicole Smith
Paris Hilton
Iran
Vanessa Hudgens

The world cares most about celebrities, sports, gadgets and politics, not global warming. That’s the truth. This is confirmed by Yahoo list of 2007 Top 10 Queries:

Britney Spears
WWE
Paris Hilton
Naruto
Beyonce
Lindsay Lohan
Rune Scape
Fantasy Football
Fergie
Jessica Alba

The young set - kids 7-12 - gives us some reasons to hope, however, as evidenced by the Top 10 Searches on Yahoo! Kids:

Games
Animals
Dinosaurs
Math
Hannah Montana
Solar System
George Washington
Halloween
Sally Ride
Global Warming

Yahoo also compiled a list of Yahoo 2007 Top 10 Environmental Searches:

Recycling
Global Warming
Freecycle
Earth
Pollution
Al Gore
Environmental Protection Agency
Live Earth
Hybrid Cars
Solar Energy

Recycling leads the top of the list, not just as a generic segment in the Environment category, but also with Freecycle, the only green venture to make it in list. Recycling is one green behavior people are interested in, thanks to years of public education. Think Reduce-Reuse-Recycle.
By LaMarguerite, A valued contributor of Atelier.

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