Can significant investments in environmental protection be favorable to American power?
- What is the greenhouse effect?
- The determining factors
- The heat wave in summers, is it actually due to the greenhouse effect?
- Will this phenomenon happen again?
The causes of global warming are attributable to human activity, and the IPCC report in February 2007 was able to convince the minority of scientists who disagreed with the idea. Following this report, several countries have pledged to fight against countries that do not reduce their emissions of greenhouse gas emissions. Among these, is the United States, one of the industrialized countries that pollute the most and yet persist in not ratifying the Kyoto Protocol?
But without a radical and rapid turnaround in U.S. policy, how can the world escape the consequences of catastrophic climate change? This report seeks to understand the paradox of the United States; countries where the environmental movement has been invented but which are the biggest polluters; the country where the federal government takes no action to protect the environment, but where more states or municipalities are against the policy of Washington.
The country is one of the biggest polluters of the planet. Although they represent less than 5% of the world population, Americans produce about 25% of emissions of carbon dioxide on the planet. The United States is one of two industrialized countries (with Australia) who rejected the Kyoto Protocol and at the same time the program of mandatory reductions in greenhouse emissions. Between 1990 and 2002, emissions of greenhouse gases in the United States increased by 13%.
The United States invented the "for culture": 800 cars per 1,000 inhabitants, 32% of American homes have three or more cars, the family car on an average, American consumes 13.5 liters per 100 kilometers and traveling by car increased by 80% in the United States over the last twenty years.
Energy consumption per capita in the United States is 7.8 against 3.6 for an inhabitant of the European Union, which is higher than the average of the G8 countries (only the United States and Canada are above the mean). Obviously in a country fan of "greedy gas cars" and that new homes are routinely equipped with energy-intensive facilities (kitchen, electric towel etc, and especially air conditioning).
On the other hand, Americans turned out to be pioneers in environmental protection and have a true environmentalist tradition. Their culture is largely imbued with the sense of space and wilderness that makes the happiness of the first settlers.
Tags: Kyoto Protocol, greenhouse emissions, industrialized countries, energy consumption, European Union