No doubt, climate change is a hot topic. The climate IS changing and we do not deny that. Monitoring the climate’s features/properties is also a necessary action that humans need since studying the climate lets us understand and predict how humanity’s geo-socio-economical structure will be affected on the medium-long run.
However, what about the money that is invested in these monitoring policies?
I was reading an interesting article from Forbes, titled “the alarming cost of climate change hysteria”. Independently from the opinions of the editors, the article got me thinking about how climate change truly pushed governments to invest billions among the past decades. The climate change studies truly revealed important insights for humanity, but is still worth all this money NOW?
So, is it still worthy?..
…and when I ask “is it worthy?” I again specify I do not mean whether we should study the climate, but whether the action of studying it is worth all this money today. Of course here I’m talking about climate change studies, not weather studies. Here I am talking about monitoring parameters that show fluctuations over years or decades, not the alarming news that we receive when a hurricane approaches us.
I am aware that monitoring and studying climate change can provide interesting insights in what our earth will look like in 20-30 years from now, but still these are predictions, and the action of monitoring the climate hasn’t really provided any new real new solution in the past years. For example, it’s been many years that we know the impact of carbon dioxide, methane and other GHGs on climate, but recently the resolution is still based on the improvement of existing technologies rather than being based on insights provided by climate change studies.
As a short criticism, honestly I find it laughable that people who get funds for new climate change projects say “we are going to change the world!”, because nothing is gonna change anymore, except for the climate itself…It’s like believing that if I spend a lot of money for a new sophisticated indoor thermometer it will make a difference in my actions to regulate the temperature with a thermostat, because although I have a more accurate measure(plus other thermostat’s features like humidity etc), the solution’s effort to regulate the temperature remains the same.
I also think it’s probably hard to quantify how much money is too much, or too little, but I think that the order of magnitude of “billions” of dollars is quite significant.
Feel free to share your thoughts