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Are developed countries more responsible for changes in climate, and thus should be held more accountable to combat this change?

  • Make the mess , clean it up

    Since the developed counties of the world exploit the resources available and ruin the environment. These countries should be held responsible for the damages they are creating and for the thousands of lives they are killing. It is not right that they are ruining the environment with their industries and they are not expected to clean it up

  • They produce more

    The United States and China are the top leaders in production of Greenhouse gas which is the main cause of temperature increase worldwide. This does not mean that other countries are not a factor. Other countries are not just playing an innocent rule. Other countries produce Greenhouse gases that are also trapped in the atmosphere but just do not produce as much. One of the main reasons that under developing countries do not produce as much greenhouse gas as other countries is because they do not have the money and resources to create and build things that do so like Coal or Nuclear power plants for example.

  • Developed countries : The cause of all trouble

    A child in developed countries like america consumes 5 times the resources consumed by a child in developing countries like congo
    so obviously the child in developed countries produces 5 times the waste in developing countries.
    Thus, more the waste more the damage to environment and thus more global warming

  • Yes they are...BUT

    Developed world wasn't born developed,they developed through industrial revolution and pillaging of their former colonies.They are spewing co2 and other gases long before other countries,the countries which they colonized were also plundered of their natural wealth.Even now i laugh at ignorant children in developed world who think just because their hood is clean and hoods in Africa or Asia look dirty that poor countries do more harm but its the opposite..America produces the most waste in the world and is consuming the Earth more than others but they just don't do it on their backyards so ignorant public thinks they don't pollute.
    Now for the big BUT,sure developing countries are also on the same path and they should learn the cautionary tale and show the world through their old cultures which respected the environment...I wish countries like India and China and Brasil will show the world the way.

  • Yes, they are more responsible and should do more

    Developed countries made huge impact to climate change since industrial revolution. At that time more and more fossil fuel was consumed, thus there were emitted more greenhouse gases which lead to global warming. Of course, developed countries produced more, but not only because of this those countries should be more responsible, but because they have strong economies. Therefore there could me dedicated more money to deal with global warming.

  • It just is

    It's just that they used the most resources over the years, and it's obviously their fault we are under this whole global warming thing..... And they even are the most DEVELOPED countries, which make them produce more bad stuff for the environment... BTW, thsi topic has been debated for a lot of times, and we should convince the world that the rich countries are to blame.

  • Yes. It is so obvious.

    If you have ever been to Beijing, China's capital city, you would understand the seriousness of pollution due to human advancement: Normal range of PSI (air quality index) is 0 to 20. In China in January 2013, it hit a all-time high PSI of 900 - means you can barely see 100 meters ahead of you, lest say the Sun. HOW?! Mass construction of factories throughout the 21st Century led to mass production of CARBON OXIDES and NITROGEN OXIDES WASTES. This is a VISIBLE (ironically) CONSEQUENCE on earth's atmosphere due to rapid industrialization of us, humans. These greenhouse gases goes on floating, reacting with the earth's ozone layer (that protects us from direct contact with UV light), thus depleting the ozone layer. This is what exactly causes the increase in global temperatures. The hole in the ozone layer is getting bigger by the year. How's your summer this year? Imagine the hole being 2 times bigger. Temperatures will definitely hit new highs. Summer ain't gonna be fun no more.

  • YES

    Since the developed countries made the mess they should clean this mess. We are all responsible for things and actions we choose to do. It is true that Beijing is probably the most polluted city in the world, but it is equally true that the foreign investors are as much to blame for it. But still the DEVELOPED countries should still take responsibility....this is what can make a difference.

  • It's their fault...

    Since the developed countries made the mess they should clean this mess. We are all responsible for things and actions we choose to do. It is true that Beijing is probably the most polluted city in the world, but it is equally true that the foreign investors are as much to blame for it. But still the DEVELOPED countries should still take responsibility....this is what can make a difference.

  • It's their fault

    Since the developed countries made the mess they should clean this mess. We are all responsible for things and actions we choose to do. It is true that Beijing is probably the most polluted city in the world, but it is equally true that the foreign investors are as much to blame for it. But still the DEVELOPED countries should still take responsibility.

  • Result will be small-scale effects

    It is apparent that if only developed nations take actions to deal with the matter, the result will be small-scale effects. Indeed, since while the side of rich countries like America and Germany try their best to protect the decreasing environment, poor ones in Asia and Africa continue to throw trash, cut down trees and burn forests, most achievements will be demolished and only a fraction of the quality of present environment will actually be improved.

  • The money used on controlling climate change could be used for something more important.

    The money used on controlling climate change could be used for something more important. We could spend 2 million dollars to cut down a little bit of our greenhouse gas emissions, or we could spend 2 million on providing a cleaner water supply in Africa and save at least a million lives. Also, the US has a huge debt to China right now so we need to focus on getting people jobs and paying back China. Controlling green house gases costs a lot of money that we can't afford.

  • Not according to the U.N.

    According to the U.N. Statistics Division, China and India are not considered developed countries. A World Bank report in 2008 blamed China and India for 30% of planetary carbon emissions. The European Union and the United States combined are blamed for 31% of planetary carbon emissions . Why should these developed countries have to bear the burden of someone else’s pollution if we’re dividing things up by country? In fact, the combined population of Japan, the U.S., the European Union, and Australia is equal to roughly 1.1 Billion versus India and China’s 2.5 Billion people (Google). A disproportional amount of people would have to remedy the problems created by so many more, especially if we divide responsibility by country.

  • Climate change, if it exists from man-made reasons, is equally the responsibility of all nations.

    There is a high likelihood that more developed nations are actually doing less damage to the environment than less developed nations. The reason for this is the increasing level of technology to fight the effects of things, such as pollution and greenhouse gases, which developing nations are not doing, because they don't have the ability to. Regardless of this, all nations should be held to an equal level of responsibility for dealing with anything relating to climate change.

    Posted by: MariaR
  • A country is only responsible for themselves and no one else.

    If a country is being blamed for a climate change, it does not have to do anything to solve a problem. It may see the benefit of actually lowering the risk overall, but it is not necessary if the country does not wish it. This is the case of push or pull politics, and the gain/cost ratio.

    Posted by: Bear
  • Wow my names kevin

    Chocolate did this and we all know it..... Twix it is the foundation of this country and we need more. But at what cost. My fellow Americans we need to stop eating racist chocolate. They separate Twix by right and left this is not right. I can not understand this it makes me so......

  • Wow my names kevin

    Chocolate did this and we all know it..... Twix it is the foundation of this country and we need more. But at what cost. My fellow Americans we need to stop eating racist chocolate. They separate Twix by right and left this is not right. I can not understand this it makes me so......

  • Developing countries are just as capable

    Developing countries too should take responsibility for climate change. They can take the same steps on a smaller scale if not on large scale due to various confinements. Such small countries too can serve as an example to the world.
    Pinning the blame on developed countries can't be done in a world with a global market . Therefore it is global responsibility.

  • Its just not

    Its just not. Developed countries dont care and are not responsible for climate change because it is clear that concern in the United States over global warming is diminishing. In a Washington Whispers editorial, Paul Bedard quotes a Gallup Poll editor as saying Al Gore’s campaign to raise awareness of the “climate crisis” has failed. In one recent Pew Research Center survey, global warming rated at the bottom of a list of 20 domestic issues that Americans are concerned about.

    Why is there so much apathy in the U.S. Over something that threatens to transform the world by killing off thousands of species, flooding coastal areas, and making the world as much as 10 degrees F hotter? Do we just not care about the environment? Has the global warming message been oversold? Is the public experiencing ‘global warming fatigue’? Does the global warming problem seem so insurmountable to people that they just want to ignore it and hope that it goes away?

    From my travels around the country and talking to people, the largest source of apathy is none of these. In my experience, people simply do not believe the ‘scientific consensus’ is correct. Most people do believe the Earth has warmed, but they think that warming has been largely natural. This was recently supported by a Rasmussen Reports poll which showed only 1/3 of American voters now believe global warming is caused by humans.


    The scientific community has brought this problem upon themselves by not following their own rules and procedures. Scientists have ‘cried wolf’ too many times, and some day that might end up hurting all of us when some unusual and dangerous scientific concern does arise. I think that people intuitively understand that spectacular scientific claims require spectacular evidence. Just saying something ‘might’ happen ‘if current trends continue’ does not impress the public. They have heard it all before.

    And coming up with possible explanations for what has happened in the past (‘hindcasts’) do not really count, either. It is too easy to happen upon the wrong explanation which can be made to fit the data, a technique scientists call (rather pejoratively) “curve-fitting”.

    In weather forecasting, MANY forecasts are required before one can confidently determine, based upon the number of successes and failures, whether those forecasts had any real skill beyond what might be expected just based upon chance. Climate forecasting is nowhere near being able to demonstrate forecast skill to the level of confidence that is routinely discussed in weather forecasting.

    The trouble is that the people simply don’t think you know what you are talking about. And if global warming is largely a natural process, cutting down on our greenhouse gas emissions is going to have no measurable effect on future global temperatures.


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