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Describe the current governmental approach to mitigating (controlling) the climate
Change problem. Choose two Asian countries.
Contrast the mitigation programs of the two countries. How effective are the climate
Change programs? Why or why not?
Two Countries Studied: China and India
The role of governments across the globe in driving down global climate change has continued to expand over the past 3 decades. Since the passing of the Kyoto Protocol in 1997, Asian countries and their governments have specifically been challenged with making improvements to their countries greenhouse emissions (Mohamed, 2013).
In the 20th century, in large measure, Asian countries were thought of as more victim than perpetrators of global warming. In other words, many people saw the U.S. and Europe as the big industrialized nations that were harming the global climate which resulted in Asia being heavily impacted due to the climate changes and other factors. This attitude was
This same attitude about Asia was seen in the Kyoto Protocol which did not place any emissions controls on Asian countries and solely focused on industrialized countries to reduce emissions levels by five percent by 2012. The United States refused to sign the Kyoto Protocol citing it would have an adverse impact on America's economy.
The U.S. counter argument was that developing nations such as China and India were just as responsible, if not more responsible for the change in climate, thus, their nations should be held to the same standards demanded of industrialized nations (Mohamed, 2013). In order to understand the U.S. argument, we will evaluate the CO2 / greenhouse emissions of China and India and evaluate their government's ...
A comparison in laws and behavior in China and India in relation to greenhouse gas emissions.