CO2 in the World (RECITUS)

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CO2 emissions in the world: a portrait

Virtually every state in the world has ratified the Kyoto Protocol, committing to take significant action to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions over a specific time frame. Two exceptions are notable: Canada withdrew from the agreements almost 10 years after it first signed them*, and the United States has consistently refused to ratify them. The link between CO2 and global warming is now clearly established. Who is most responsible? What are the factors that cause a state to emit more or less CO2? (*See additional updated notes at end.)

Based on the data available on the map, answer the following questions:

1 - Are CO2 emissions generally proportional to the size of a state's population?

2 - are CO2 emissions related to the wealth of a state? Explain your answer and qualify if necessary.

3 - does the fact that a state is a major oil producer make it a large CO2 emitter? Qualify your answer if necessary.

4 - As a team, choose a state that would complement the group of countries already mapped, then add it to your copy of this map by following the map model (borders, flag). Then do your research to create its record, which you will include in that point or line's description . Finally, add a marker illustrated with an image identifying a significant element of the energy production of this country.

Sources: Google Data et Wikipedia

Timeline of additional information:

  • December 13, 2011: Canada became the first signatory to announce its withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol.notes 4
  • 2009: Canada signed the Copenhagen Accord. Unlike the Kyoto Accord, this is a non-binding agreement. Canada agreed to reduce its GHG emissions by 17% from its 2005 levels by 2020 to 607 megatonnes (Mt).
  • February 2009: The (CED) was established between Canada and the United States "to enhance joint collaboration on the development of clean energy science and technologies to reduce greenhouse gases and combat climate change".19
  • December 3–15, 2007: At the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia, Environment Minister John Baird argued that Canada would not attempt to reach its Kyoto targets because it was impossible to reach them.20 Baird was heavily criticized for impeding progress on 'the Bali Action Plan'.212223
  • 2007: The Canadian federal government introduced the Clean Air Act.23

Source: Wikipedia