Between Global Warming, Climategate and the Global Economy

Between Global Warming, Climategate and the Global EconomyAround the end of November, the incident of email correspondence between scientists at the Climate Research Unit (CRU) in the public or better known as "Climategate" has given a little bit of the unique facts about global warming. The scandal has gained a lot of public scrutiny especially in developed countries like America, which is intensively fighting for a global warming reduction campaign, one of which is through the reduction of industrial CO2 emissions, which is suspected to be one of the culprits of global warming.

Hundreds of emails originally published by unidentified 'hackers' on the Russian site contain a lot of confusion among climate scientists about the CRU data they collected over the past 10 years. Apparently the earth temperatures they predict will rise ('warming'), in fact the decline ('cooling').

This scandal certainly reinforces the arguments of other scientists who have long been skeptical of global warming, where they argue that this phenomenon is a natural cycle, even temperatures in medieval times are said to be much hotter than we feel today. Surely their argument is also supported by the fact of scientific research that they do, such as the results of radiation measurements from Earth directly via satellite, while scientists at CRU rely more on computer simulations to predict temperature trends. Unfortunately, the results of skeptical scientists' research is not much spread, let alone to the public, the skeptical opinion is often not welcomed warmly among scientists themselves. No doubt, the results of their research are many that can not be deliberately published in scientific journals.

Lord Christopher Monckton, former British Prime Minister Margaret Theatcher, in an interview reveals that the subject of global warming has been overwhelmingly publicized by the media and tends to be exploited by some for economic gain. Al Gore for example, through the Oscar-winning documentary film The Inconvenient Truth, has revealed the overly exaggerated fact about the role of CO2 in global warming. In fact, the role of CO2 as greenhouse gasses is very small, where if the entire world stopped CO2 emissions in total for 30 years, only able to lower the earth temperature by 1 degree Celsius only.

So what is the link between this scandal and the global economy?

We may have read about the climate conference held in Copenhagen (Denmark) earlier this December. In this conference much discussed about the agreement of carbon credit application to CO2 producing country. The argument behind this carbon credit is as follows: although carbon emissions from developed countries of Europe or America are reduced, if carbon emissions from developing countries such as India and China increase then the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere will remain at the same level or even increase. Through this partnership, each country that succeeds in reducing their carbon expenditure levels over a period of time will obtain carbon credit. This credit carbon may be sold to other countries as a license for the buyer's country to produce industrial carbon at a level equivalent to that reduced by the selling country. This agreement is certainly difficult and as if inhibiting the growth of developing countries that rely more on their income from industry than developed countries. Also note that the UN obtained data on this global warming from CRU scientists. So no wonder, the unfolding Climategate scandal seems to be a trigger action by some countries to not support the agreement that impressed the weight of the next.

It is through this event that we can learn not only to swallow a straightforward argument but also to continue to be critical to examine and examine its validity from all sides.


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