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Give reasons for the difficulty of reaching international agreement on one particular global issue

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Give reasons for the difficulty of reaching international agreement on one particular global issue. What do you think could be done to reach a consensus? For a while, human's main concern was of them only. As we entered a new millennium, human impacts on the environment are becoming not only more visible but incredibly condemning on every single creature on earth and following generations to a much less happier and healthier life. The environment is probably the most concerning global issue currently. Many measures in order to prevent its total disruption are being adopted. However, agreement between each country on one particular global issue, for example, Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions, cannot be reached since each country looks at what is economically best for them. Signs of environmental degradation are everywhere. Almost 40% of the earth's land has been destroyed and the planets protective ozone layer has been 'badly damaged, while record-high carbon emissions cause smog and acid rain, and contribute to global warming and climate change.' ...read more.

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China and India, two other large emitters, have ratified the treaty but, as developing countries, are exempt from its provisions. Developed countries are forced to reduce dramatically their polluting gas emissions yet those countries that are less developed, are asked to reduce their CO2 emissions but are exempt from its provisions. Developed countries will therefore retaliate or refuse to agree with the treaty as other countries are not being forced on by CO2 emission figures as they are. This is why USA's current president, George W. Bush have stated that he does not intend to submit the treaty for ratification not because he does not support it but because of the exemption granted to China (the world's second largest emitter of carbon dioxide). This has not only been seen in the Americas but also in many countries around the world such ad Russia and Australia where the nation leaders have made it clear that they do not wish to commit to this protocol because of the strain believed that the treaty would put on the economy due to the present uncertainties in the climate change issue. ...read more.

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I think that we could protect the environment by creating conditions that allow all people to make environmentally appropriate decisions about how they live and consume scarce resources. This means addressing the economic and social differences that often force people to have large families and to damage the environment just to survive. It also means eliminating economic and social policies that promote over-consumption and unsustainable production. One important way to protect and restore the environment is to shift taxes onto things we don't want such as pollution, resource wasting and excess consumption. Another is to develop and implement renewable, non-polluting energy systems, including solar and hydrogen fuel technologies. These efforts would improve the health of families, communities and ecosystems, and create a strong, sustainable economy along the way. I believe that overall international agreement will not be available to us since many nations are focused on how changes could negatively affect them and not how it will also affect others. However, changes can be made even slightly which will in the end contribute to a cleaner and well kept environment. Word count: 1,026 1 www.wikipedia.com 2 The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. http://unfccc.int/essential_background/convention/background/items/1362.php ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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