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Jakarta Post

GHG emissions reduction: Switching off climate change

  • Alan Oxley

Melbourne, Australia   /   Mon, March 29 2010   /  10:02 am

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has committed Indonesia to make substantial cuts in emissions of greenhouse gases.  Several studies have been commissioned which recommend this.  Others aim to set out what to do.  All, in one way or another, rely on the official United Nations report on assessments of climate change.  But there are now serious doubts about the scientific soundness of those assessments.In what has been dubbed “Climategate”, it was revealed that leading climate change scientists have manipulated data in the official reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) — the UN’s official adviser on climate science. The IPCC has been publicly embarrassed and has ordered a review of its processes. Six months ago most political leaders felt bound to take action to reduce emissions.  The politics have suddenly changed.  R...