Global Warming Is A Global Issue

1115 Words Nov 4th, 2016 5 Pages
In the recent years, global warming has taken an increasingly prominent role in the international society. Today, the great debate over the existence of global warming is over; almost everyone believes that global warming is a real issue that must be addressed. The world is now at the step in which it must take action to combat climate change. In the push to do this, many countries report their carbon emissions. However, in reporting our carbon emissions, many people are jumping to conclusions by wrongly pointing at China as most responsible for climate change.

A Reuters article from April 13, 2015 titled “China to surpass U.S. as top cause of modern global warming” talked about how China has overtaken the U.S. as the lead pollution in the world and what this means in the fight against global warming. To describe the transition to being the world’s largest emitter, the article quoted Glen Peters of the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research, Oslo, who said, “A few years ago China 's per capita emissions were low, its historical responsibility was low. That 's changing fast.” The article then shifted its focus to how we should pin responsibility for global warming in order to pressure its main contributors into becoming more energy efficient.

Among the many problems with this article is that it does not consider lurking variables. When you look at the raw numbers, China is indeed the biggest contributor to carbon emissions. However, China is also the…

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