China’s lack of paranoia

22 02 2007

Many times when panicking about our new skewed flooded world, which will occur after the next ten or so years of global warming and greenhouse gas emissions, we tend to do as Americans do in any situation involving paranoia (as such situations come up quite often). We focus on ourselves. What will I do? What will my family do? What will MY COUNTRY do? We become once again trusting of our government, looking up, crossing our fingers, and awaiting for a response from our country, our U.S.A, the “hero” of civilization and the globe. Often we forget that other countries are aware of the situation as well. Not every other country is one we must rescue. We are not the only one with a plan. Just recently
China has conducted its own research on the negative effects which will harm Chinese coastal cities within the next ten years. Sea level is quickly rising with an expected 31 millimeters within the next ten years. Chinese scientists and oliticians believe that although dykes will be placed to protect the cities, another action is required to save China from Global Warming. May local officials are having a huge amount of pressure placed on them about educating and encouraging the public about conservation and the actions needed. As the second highest contributor to global warming (after the United States of course), China has continued, until recently, to ignore their damaging industries. This is because, “the per capita emissions of the nation’s 1.3 billion people pale in comparison with per capita emissions from developed countries.” As of now, citizens of china are being encouraged to be environmentally conscientious, but the problem is that there is no incentive to do so.
China has implemented no reward or punishment for the citizens to feel compelled to somehow change their routine. As we get supposedly get closer to the D-day of the worlds most developed coastal cities, and the rest of the globe, I wonder if
China really understands what their scientists have warned them about. Will I be proven wrong with the U.S. needing to once again attempt to save the day for the rest of the world? If China has the same devastating information that we have on Global Warming, but is committing to no plan, and creating no incentive for change, will we, for the first time, realize the right thing to do first? Will our paranoia pay off?  

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“Rising sea levels present China with ‘unimaginable challenges’ “

Fri Feb 16, 11:58 AM http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070216/sc_afp/chinaclimatewarming_070216165815;_ylt=AvhxBvbWfm9A5Xn33qxCkWjPOrgF 

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24 02 2007
adale

I don’t think many people understand the fact that although China produces more emission that the United States, or any other nation for that matter, but their per capita emissions are lower. This doesn’t justify their pollution contribution, however it should be known that as individuals in America, this statistic shows that we are responsible for so much more than the single person in China. Another interesting point is that the United States has yet to sign the Kyoto Protocol which has implications on China’s reaction to the situation. I think China will take more action as soon as the United States gives more acknowledgment for its responsibility for the current global warming situation.

1 03 2007
mmaszara

I believe Mr. Dale adds an excellent point to my blog. I am happy he went in depth with the issue of China’s stance. The Chinese government believes that because they produce less pollution per person, in comparisson to many other states which are even less advanced than China, that the amount of pollution they create should not be focused on as much. They in fact, seem more efficient and should therefore not be made to incorporate change, because so many other countries need much more pressure on adapting to a more environmentally safe approach of living than they do. And so, Mr.Dale’s second point that if other countries which pollute more per person (such as the United States) was to address their issues, then maybe the Chinese government would feel more obligated to enforce change as well. The first step of which, being the commitment to a worldwide plan, such as the Kyoto Protocol .

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