Case Study 7 - Case Study #7 ECON 2100 Global Warming All...

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Case Study #7 ECON 2100 “Global Warming” All rights are reserved of the resources used within this document and are to be used for education purposes only. Redistribution of any document within the case study is prohibited. Please refer to each article for source information. Table of Contents “Q&A: 'Climategate' explained” Paul Armstrong………………………………………………………………………. .2-4 “FACTBOX-The Copenhagen Accord and global warming” Reuters……………………………………………………………………….………. .4-5 “Copenhagen Accord climate pledges too weak: U.N.” Alister Doyle and G. Wynn……………………………………………………………5-7 “Scientist: Don't blame cows for climate change” Paul Armstrong………………………………………………………………….…….7-9 Case Study Questions………………………………………………………………….……….9
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2 Q&A: 'Climategate' explained By Paul Armstrong , CNN December 7, 2009 -- Updated 2148 GMT London, England (CNN) -- On Tuesday November 17, a substantial file including over 1,000 e- mails either sent from or sent to members of the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia in eastern England were allegedly hacked and leaked onto the Internet. The material, dating back to 1996, was published on Web sites run by climate change skeptics who claim efforts had been made to manipulate data to exaggerate the threat of global warming. As a result of the "leak," the head of the CRU, Professor Phil Jones, said he would step down from the post, while a review is carried out into claims of data tampering. How important is this data? The CRU is one of the world's leading research bodies on natural and human-induced climate change and has developed a number of the data sets widely used in climate research, including the global temperature record used to monitor the state of the climate system. It played a key role in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report in 2007 -- a collaboration between the United Nations Environment Program and World Meteorological Organization (WMO) -- considered to be the most authoritative report of its kind. How was this data allegedly manipulated? One particular e-mail involving Professor Jones relates to the preparation of a figure for the WMO Statement on the Status of the Global Climate in 1999. He writes, "I've just completed 'Mike's Nature trick' of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years . .. to hide the decline." According to critics, this "trick" worked in the following way: when temperature readings taken from tree rings showed an apparent decline in temperatures from the 1980s to the present, the researchers added in measurements taken later by more modern instruments, which gave them the answer they wanted. What does the CRU say?
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Case Study 7 - Case Study #7 ECON 2100 Global Warming All...

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