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Should Countries be Exempted from Greenhouse Gas Production?

In today’s world, there are many factors that contribute to a depleting ozone layer and the pressing issue of global warming. Along with other environmental hazards, one of the most damaging factors is the significant rise in greenhouse gases. All countries produce them, and none should be exempted from the responsibility of controlling the quantity being brought about.

Through simple every day actions and their by-products, all countries on our planet produce harmful greenhouse gases in levels that are toxic and influence the atmospheric conditions significantly. While naturally occurring, the speed and quantity at which greenhouse gases are currently being output will wreak havoc on the global climate if the proper measures to reduce them are not taken. All countries should unite and set forth efforts to manage these emissions.

Greenhouse gases are yielded by even the simplest day to day developments. Landfills, cattle farms, energy generation and automobiles are all very large manufacturers of greenhouse gases, and even the most rural of countries may have quite a significant impact. While it is known that busier and more developed countries with sizeable cosmopolitan cities have a higher carbon footprint, the fact that smaller nations produce sizeable amounts of greenhouse gases as well should not go ignored.

When analyzing whether some countries should be exempt from greenhouse gas production responsibilities, we should take into consideration that cattle farming, which is a very common practice in even the quietest and most underdeveloped nations, is one of many (if not the) leading generators of methane gas. Even though methane is a “natural” occurrence, the levels at which it is being released into our atmosphere is causing excessive global warming.

While this greenhouse gas is necessary to keep our planets’ temperature stable, too much can and is having adverse effects. Methane gas is currently the second most common form of the greenhouse gases currently being emitted in harmful amounts into our atmosphere.

Another point to take into consideration is that underdeveloped smaller countries which might seem to produce less greenhouse gases are far more likely to be burning less sophisticated and more environmentally unsound fossil fuels in order to meet their energy needs. This practice therefore significantly contributes to the high amount of the most harmful and common of all greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide.

Carbon dioxide is the leading and most harmful form of greenhouse gas currently being put out by our planets population. About 50% of greenhouse gas emissions are composed of carbon dioxide gas, and absolutely no country is exempt in contributing to its existence.

The coal, oil and gas industry all play a major role in the emission of carbon dioxide gas. Everyone needs electricity, gasoline, and heat, right? All these things are fueled by these, and in the burning and consumption of such, the results are greenhouse gases. Also contributing to the greenhouse gas production is trash incineration. Again, this is common everywhere in the world, making each country responsible for part of the greenhouse gas effects.

In conclusion it is easy to see that no matter how big, small, poor, underdeveloped or technologically advanced a country might be, everyone contributes to the problem, and therefore no nation should be exempt from the responsibility.

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