Researchers Find U.S. Responsible for 22% of World’s Global Warming
Global warming is the product of a century’s worth of greenhouse gas emissions from countries around the world. But one nation in particular has spewed more carbon dioxide, methane and other gases than the rest of the culprits: the United States.
Canadian scientists have determined the U.S. is responsible for 22% of the globe’s recent warming attributed to humankind. This share is far more than the next biggest polluter, China, which has accounted for 9% of temperature changes.
Combined, these countries caused 60% of the manmade global warming between 1906 and 2005, according to researchers at Concordia University in Montreal.
“It was surprising to see some of the less-industrialized countries with such high rankings, but this also reflects their CO2 emissions related to deforestation,” Damon Matthews, lead author of the study (pdf), told New Scientist.
Matthews and his colleagues determined the national contributions to global warming by examining each type of emission and historical data pertaining to their release. The data included carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels and changes in land use, such as deforestation, which was why Brazil ranked so high.
To Learn More:
The Seven Deadly Sinners Driving Global Warming (by Kate Ravilious, New Scientist)
National Contributions To Observed Global Warming (by H. Damon Matthews, Tanya L. Graham, Serge Keverian, Cassandra Lamontagne, Donny Seto and Trevor J. Smith, Environmental Research Letters) (pdf)
Scientists Claim 95% Certainty that Humans are “Dominant Cause” of Global Warming (by Noel Brinkerhoff and Danny Biederman, AllGov)
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