Hoax 15 : Global Climate Change is Caused by Expansion of Oil Palm Plantations
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Global climate change is caused by expansion of oil palm plantations ?
Global climate change is an effect of global warming (IPCC, 1991; Soemarwoto, 1992; IEA, 2014). The rising amount of solar energy trapped in the Earth’s atmosphere leads to changes in global climate (see figure below), like (1) rising evaporation, (2) warming/rising sea/ocean water temperature, (3) changes in the conditions of plants and animals and (4) melting snow and ice.
Combinations of the above-mentioned changes leads to various forms of global climate changes, such as the increasing rainfall, storms, droughts and fires, as well as climate anomalies.
Table : Export value of palm oil and net export value of non-oil and gas in Indonesia (USD billion)
Source: Global warming impact mechanisms on global climate change (modified from http://www3.epa.gov)
Different forms of climate change occur and are felt in each country of the world. Therefore, global climate change is not caused by oil palm plantations in Indonesia.