Essay on Global Warming And The Kyoto Protocol

1475 Words Nov 7th, 2015 6 Pages
China has been at the top of the international agenda when bringing up the issue of climate change and this is because of the controversial position of the Chinese government on the matter throughout the years. China has ratified the Kyoto Protocol; nevertheless the country was exempt from committing to an emissions target reduction since China was not one of the main contributors to global warming during the period of industrialization that is believed to be the cause of climate change (Feldon, 2007: 60). Statistics taken from The Statistics Portal, show that China is the current greatest emitter of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, in which it was accounted for over 23.4 per cent of green house gas (GHG) emissions in 2014 (The Statistics Portal, 2014). The fact that China is the greatest emitter, yet still exempt from making target reductions is one of the greatest inaccuracies of the Kyoto Protocol that has led to many complications on the matter, in which countries like the U.S have refused to comply to climate negotiations until China makes a commitment to comply. Furthermore, the lack in compliance by China has affected the decisions of other small developed nations that understand the minor if any at all effect they will have on solving the climate change problem without the big emitters (DeCanio & Fremstad, 2013:184). Nevertheless, as part of the lead up to the Paris climate conference, China has intensified carbon reduction and reaffirms an unexpected 2030…

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