Figure I- Global Warming as a factor of hurting Korean economies
It was interesting to see many Americans did not accept global warming as a real phenomenon. Many people in Korea would say they noticed and experienced global warming in various ways such as listed following: inflation (81.6%), sale price increased due to increase in operation expense (79%), less production made (78.2%), less goods exported due to new environment restrictions (77.6%), less economic development (76.2%), and more job loss (65.8%). This result is also a surprise to me that they blamed the global warming as a factor of hurting Korean economies.
Figure II – Local Fruits and Vegetables Migrated north.
Figure III – Fishes caught in 1980 vs in 2000’s
The graph seems biased because it might be prepared to defend the Korean economies. In the research they might try to influence participants in its favor. Figure II shows that various certain crops’ cultivating location moved up north due to climate changes. Figure III shows that different kinds of fish were caught in 1980 due to the increase in water temperature around Korean peninsula. 52.64% of more squids, 25.94 of more anchovies, and 17.94% of more mackerels are caught in 2000, comparing to 1980.
In conclusion, Koreans noticed local vegetables and fruits has migrated north, and acknowledged the increase in price on certain kinds of salt water fish as lesser they are caught. The reason more people in America deny the global warming could be a geographic location that North America is relatively safe from climate change, so that less people noticed it has influenced their daily lives.
Figure IV- Relatively less temperature change during winter in the United States
However, it is interesting to see that many people in American deny the global warming as an ongoing phenomenon, because it has not affected their lives yet. This is a great example of how majority would react to new scientific research in certain ways- mistrust, suspicion, and denial, unless they experience it. People quickly adopted on smart phones, they would not accept the importance of scientific research until they can see how much change it can bring to their lives. To the public, it is not about how thoroughly a scientific research is proven. What matters to them is how much impact has occurred to their daily lives. I think tendency of mistrust in scientific research has to do with government. For example, the government may use global warming scientific data to increase the bills against water and air pollution. In this way, science data favored more government or big corporations than individuals, because it seems individuals can do nothing about these issues.
Figure I, Ministry of Environment in Korea, http://www.me.go.kr/home/web/main.do
Figure II, Weekly Chosun (a Korean press company) http://weekly.chosun.com/client/news/viw.asp?ctcd=C02&nNewsNumb=002098100018
Figure III, Kukmin Ilbo (online article from a Korean press company)
Figure IV, Berkeley Earth (A Measure Approach Climate Change + Strategic Analysis)