The Differences Between China And The U.s. Essay

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One of the most important actions that President Obama had done before he left office was the Paris Agreement. The Paris Agreement signified the new era of the world, one in which we had to address the problems before we can actually do something. Reducing carbon emissions have been at the focal point of pollution efforts/discussions. For the agreement to go into effect, 55 countries representing 55 % of the global emissions had to formally join. In September, the U.S. and China, countries that represent 40 percent of emissions, officially joined(citation). When you realize that China and the U.S. alone account for 40% of the emissions, that has to mean something more to people. Think about this, China has a population of about 1.35 billion people and the U.S. has a population of about 316.5 million; we are approx. 23% of China’s population, yet we account for approx. the same amount of emissions. If we take a look at the differences between pollution in China and the U.S. and take into account the number of people affected as a percentage of the total population, we can see that there are some major differences. This chart shows the top 10 polluted cities in the U.S versus the top 10 cities in China:
We see that China has polluted more than 10 times the amount of pollution in the U.S. The population of the cities are relatively the same; This data was published in January of 2015. By looking at this chart, we understand that pollution is evident and that we need to do
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