Here are the countries that the students represent:· How is this region contributing to climate change through emission of greenhouse gases?· Where does this region get its fuel?· How does this affect the region’s interdependence on other regions and its economy?· How is this region sequestering greenhouse gases?
United States-- actually, I play the role of the US in the class so the students can fulfill their global diversity requirement.
Developed countries: Canada, Australia, Japan
European Union: France, Germany, UK, Denmark (includes Greenland)
Large Asian Countries: China, India, Russia
Latin America: Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Peru and Chile
Middle East: Iran and Afghanistan, Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia
Coastal South Asia: Indonesia, Maldives, Bangladesh, Thailand
East Africa: Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania
West Africa: Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone
In preparation for our discussion, Dr. Wagner found a great source for emission data, the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center. I was able to take data from this page, throw it into Excel, and make the following graphs, which are just loaded with interesting information.
Even though the top graph shows that China is currently our biggest threat to continued global warming, China has over four times the number of people we do. On a per capita (per person) basis, the U.S. citizens are personally much more responsible for global climate change. In fact, from the per capita perspective, Australia is the worst of the countries we covered, but a few other small countries were even worse than them.
|These are the countries we use for projects in my course, so there are a few worse than Australia not listed here. The data for this was found here.|
Thanks to my students for a great discussion and well-researched answers to all of my questions!