Are developed countries more responsible for damage to the climate?

  • Yes indeed.

    Look at the greenhouse gas emissions and the CO2 emissions over the past twenty years. Seven of the of the 200+ countries in the world namely China, United States, Russia, Japan, Germany, South Korea and Canada account for nearly 60.4% of the total greenhouse emissions of 33.376 million tonnes across the globe. Consider the levels of deforestation that happened in the so called developed countries in the name of industrialization. One has to take the cognizance of the aforesaid emission levels and the deforestation on global warming.

  • It really is arguable

    In this, the 21st century, the situation which the Earth is in environmentally has been emphasised worldwide. This has caused many any environmentalists to claim that developed countries should pay more towards environmental damage than developing nations should.
    Historically, developed nations have been responsible for the destruction of land and resources through major wars such as the First and Second World Wars and the brutality of colonism when countries own resources were no longer enough. Due to this and industrialisation in developing countries over the last two centuries the world now believes that developed countries owe the world more than developing countries do.
    Rich countries create more pollution. Industrialisation in first world countries has led to the production and release of carbon emissions, masses of air, water and land pollution as well as the release of other environmentally damaging greenhouse gases into our atmosphere. Industrialisation, easier travel and many other inventions and innovations in rich countries have been at the detriment of our planet.
    Developed countries use more resources. According to the United Nations Millennium Ecosystem Assessment the population in developed countries makes use of more that eighty-five per cent of the world’s resources but however accounts for only fifteen per cent of its population. To satisfy the high rates of consumption needed to maintain the lifestyle which the population of developed countries is accustomed to a form of colonism has been taking place though the moving of polluting, resource and labour-intensive industries to developing countries. Without these industries physically on their shores rich nations appear to have cleaned up their act in a move to combat the global environmental crisis. These nations however, choose to ignore the fact that they have only relocated these issues and not fixed them.
    In terms of the existing situation although many countries have signed the Kyoto protocol promising to make their best efforts to be more green, the largest producers of pollution, the United States of America, have refused to sign the treaty. Other avenues for cleaning up the current situation include doing things such as using new energy efficient technologies and the provision of funds for developing countries to control their pollution.
    Developing countries cannot afford to but environmentally friendly measures in place as the majority of their funds go toward building their economy. Until developing countries have enough cash flow to fund major projects they will continue to use non-environmentally friendly methods, making them pay more would create a vicious circle of debt. Forcing less privileged countries to pay more toward environmental damage would cause corruption among the ranks
    From these facts it is clear that developed countries should pay more towards environmental damage than developing countries. Countries should be fairly taxed on their carbon footprint as punishment for bad practice but should also be rewarded for their efforts to become more environmentally friendly

  • Pollutant emissions high

    Manufacturing and industrial sectors produce too much smoke that pollute the air and these sectors are more concentrated in developed countries. In addition, developed countries have the highest number of vehicles which produce more gas that depletes the ozone layer. Developed countries also have the capacity and resources to stop climatic damage but most of them are reluctant.

  • The vast majority of carbon emissions are due to developed countries who are past industrialization.

    In regards to the immediate physical impacts of climate change, southern nations point out that the primary burden is and will be shouldered by developing nations, which are the least responsible and are also the least able to cope. For example, climate change will have much more catastrophic effects in Bangladesh than the United States or Europe. Millions of Bengalis will become flood refugees, and crop failures due to extreme temperatures will cripple Bangladesh’s agriculturally based economy and send millions into poverty. Developed nations, which have industrially rather than agriculturally based economies are less threatened and also have the resources to cope with the effects of climate change. Bangladesh cannot build sea balls, the Netherlands can. (Parikh 2941) Additionally, Southern nations argue that globalization heightens climate inequality because as the North continues to specialize in high tech and service sectors it is effectively outsourcing its carbon emissions – and blame – to the South. (parks 144)

  • Yes they do.

    Inevitable, both the developing and industrial nations contribute towards global warming, however it is controversial in literature whether or not industrial nations are more responsible for global warming than developing nations. It could be argued that over time industrial nation have produced far greater greenhouses emissions than that of developing nations. However, the current contributions to climate change at this present time sway more in favour of poor and less developed countries, which have been said to produce over half of the total carbon emissions emitted throughout the whole of the world. (Economist, 2009) There seems to be an endless struggle as it’s believed that for developing nations to build and improve their economies, manufacturing and energy costly industries need to be relied upon a great deal more than what they do so already. This leaves developing nations with a decision to surrender their development for a better economy or face the consequences in which global warming may have to offer. (Mongabay, n.D) Even though developing nations are new to the increase of carbon emissions, it could be suggested that industrial countries face a far greater responsibility for damage caused over time and should support developing nations to grow and advance more ecologically through financing and technology. (Shah, 2012)

  • Yes they did and still do!

    Well if we look at the early 20th century and mid 20th century, most of the developed countries of today were using most of the non renewable resources (like coal for example which we know causes air pollution), for rapid industrialization and development. Their excessive use of these resources with no regard for the environment is what has contributed to them being the developed nations of the world of today.

  • Yes they are

    They have the resources, and should act as role models to the developing countries, showing how we can be more responsible. Instead of endlessly showing off and acting like a superpower (Security Council P-5): do something!!!
    So yes, they are more responsible, because they can actually do something about it. Let's see if they start acting! Even though some are already!

  • Developed countries has the most responsibility to stop global warming

    Developed nations emit the vast bulk of greenhouse gases which are causing the Earth's climate to change. They have also benefited the most from the legacy of industrialization which has caused the problem. As such, they should be the ones to bear the biggest burden of whatever solution is agreed upon by the global community.

  • As A Whole, Yes

    When looking at the emissions as a whole, developed countries emit far more greenhouse gas than any other countries. However, when looking at charts of countries by emissions of greenhouse gas/carbon dioxide, you find that China is the biggest contributor to pollution in the ozone, and they are a developing country. Cumulatively, though, developing countries do most.

  • Developed countries are more responsible for climate change, due to their high populations and reliance on fossil fuels.

    Developed countries are more responsible than underdeveloped countries for the recent damage to the global climate. With their sprawling urban centers and pollution-spewing factories, they are much more to blame than their sustainable, rural cousins. The developed countries should, therefore, pay a premium to the lesser-developed countries to help them skip over these "dirty" phases of development and aid them in their pursuit of modern amenities, but in clean, sustainable ways.

    Posted by: C0n5tGet
  • Screw IT

    Developing countries cause more damage to the climate because they are still in the developing stage and burn more fossil fuels and have production units so that these countries can match up to the benchmarks set by their developed counterparts. The developing countries, even though rural mainly, cause more drastic climatic changes than developed ones. Because developed countries are just catering to the unlimited wants of its men whereas developing countries are not only doing that but also building their economy, industries, etc.

  • No, because undeveloped countries need the money

    It seems that people are saying no mainly to protect their country and blame global warming and climate changes on undeveloped countries.
    However, I still believe that undeveloped countries are responsible for global warming. At least, partially.
    Some people in undeveloped countries live under $1 per day. If someone tells them they'll pay two years worth that money if they chop down the trees and sell wood, you better believe they're gonna chop down the trees. They have kids and wives, families to take care of. So as it's all very fair for developed countries to sit around in their air-conditioned houses to say "Global Warming is bad!", however to look at it from the view of the undeveloped countries, they need the money and it's their only hope.

  • No, developed countries are not more responsible for damage to the climate because climate change/global warming is an unproven science and developed countries clean up their messes while undeveloped countries do not.

    No, developed countries are not more responsible for damage to the climate because climate warming is an unproven science and many scientists do not think this is happening. Deveoped contries also have the technology to clean their messes up while underdeveloped countries hardly ever do. Pollution and sanitation are a much bigger problem in undeveloped countries also.

    Posted by: MycCra2ii
  • Developed countries sometimes do not cause the most damage to our climate, sometimes undeveloped countries cause more damage because they don't know any better.

    Undeveloped countries can put our environment in danger by not knowing how they are effecting the environment. Simply cutting too many trees effects the environment and destroying plant and animal life. In developed countries, people are aware of the damage to the climate more and do try to find ways to stop the problem, or offset the damage.

    Posted by: babydoll93
  • No, developed countries are not more responsible simply because poorer countries are hurt.

    Developed countries face their own problems, especially debt. There is still a debate about climate change in the U.S., thus it is unwise to make a judgment of how the U.S. should act towards poor nations. Even if climate change is true, there is still lacking evidence it is due to man. Thus, there is no reason to hold any nation, rich or poor, accountable.

    Posted by: D Callahan
  • Of course not!

    Developing countries cause more damage to the climate because they are still in the developing stage and burn more fossil fuels and have production units so that these countries can match up to the benchmarks set by their developed counterparts. The developing countries, even though rural mainly, cause more drastic climatic changes than developed ones. Because developed countries are just catering to the unlimited wants of its men whereas developing countries are not only doing that but also building their economy, industries, etc.

  • Misses the Point

    This is a serious problem, and it needs to get under control. Developed countries should pool together to offer foreign countries help with developing green infrastructure and also eliminate famines. There is enough food in the world, and nobody should have to go hungry just for not being able to afford it. A concerted effort to turn developing nations into developed nations through both providing technology as well as actively educating people on how to use and maintain it could solve many major problems. In the end if developing countries keep refusing to budge and if we haven't cut emissions enough then if negotiations fail WAR is a reasonable path to take in order to stop climate change. This could mean the lives of millions of our own citizens, so once we've got our own emissions under control then not cutting emissions can be considered an act of war.

  • Not at all

    The climate is still within a recoverable damage period. If ALL developed and developing nations immediately ceased all fossil fuel use, we could recover from our CO2 induced environmental damage.

    However, China and India, among others, flatly refuse to even cap their CO2 emissions, much less reduce them. The damage that China and India will cause to the environment in the coming decades outweighs what developed nations have done ten-fold.

    Before any kind of "compensation" by developed nations can be discussed, all developing countries must completely cut 100% of their fossil fuel based CO2 emissions in favour of clean green energy. Until this happens, no deal.

  • Come on seriously

    There is no way that you should be brainwashed by what someone says might be true and the climate naturally changes, thats a fact. Just because we drive cars doesnt mean that we are going to die. It doesnt matter which country we are talking about, there is no problem to discuss.

  • Biased question.

    It assumes countries are causing a natural occurrence. We aren't, cosmic rays , the PDO, and the sun are. Sun has cooled since 2000... So has the sun, so that proves my point. NO COUNTRY IS TO BLAME!!!!!! So instead of blindly trusting computer models, learn the facts. "The air and ocean temperature data shows that the climate models overestimate temperature rises."

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