The moment Barack Obama stepped off the podium in Georgetown yesterday after delivering a landmark speech on climate change, environment news desks and blogs exploded into action as opinions and judgements surged around cyberspace. To some, it was a historic moment that gave the world long-sought hope. To others, the president’s eloquent oratory merely masked five years of relative inaction. Ultimately, Obama has to execute “The President’s Climate Action Plan” swiftly and in its entirety (and even beyond) in order for his emotive words to carry any meaning. We watch expectantly.
In the meantime, I won’t add any opinionated paragraphs to the ocean of comment already washing around. Instead, I’ve pulled out some intriguing – and sometimes revealing – figures linked to yesterday’s undoubtedly ground-breaking events.
The power of words
By looking quantitatively at the president’s choice of words (he spoke 5,981 in total), we gain an insight into…
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