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Investigation. Hypothesis: Students from developing countries tend to associate the responsibility of global warming with developed countries.

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Transfer-Encoding: chunked ´╗┐Aim: To explore individual and group perceptions of the issue of global warming and the factors affecting these. Hypothesis: Students from developing countries tend to associate the responsibility of global warming to developed countries. Justification: Developed countries have the higher energy consumption per capita of 4,600.11, 3772.22 higher than developing countries. Understanding that their countries have relatively few industries and output in comparison, students from developing countries may feel that developed countries are responsible. Their production has only recently increased, yet the issue has been foreboding, as mass industrialization in the 1900s has triggered a severe rise in carbon dioxide levels. As a result, students may feel that more waste gases are released from the industries and associated goods and services that come with a richer lifestyle, hence associate the responsibility of global warming with developed countries. Variables: Fixed Variables: The questions beings asked The students are all from the international school Manipulated Variable: Students may be from developed or developing countries and within that category, be of different nationalities and gender. This had a large impact on the experiment, and can be affected be factors such as; even though students come from developing countries, they may have lived in a developed country for the majority of their life or vice versa. ...read more.

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However, there were a few students from developed and developing countries who felt that developing countries were the main causers of global warming. This is an interesting conclusion, as it goes against the hypothesis. However, judging by the reasons which they gave, this result does seem justified, as the majority of students felt that lax environmental laws in order to encourage the investment of multi-national companies, meant there is an overdose of pollution coming from factories, which could be controlled. They further extend the argument of the developed countries involvement through stating that it is them who demand the cheap goods, therefore encouraging the developing countries to reduce their costs of production. I however, only one student, even those which attributed responsibility to the developing countries felt that they should take sole responsibility in paying for the solutions. This student however was an anomaly. This can be again because they understand that developing countries lack the financial means to do so, and it would detract from their priority of increasing the people?s welfare, or that they realize the immense contribution developed countries have on the actions of the less developed countries. ...read more.

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Furthermore, to widen the survey, students from other schools can also be questioned. Furthermore, the questionnaire separated them based on their nationality as to whether they were from a developed or developing country. However, many of these third-culture kids have lived in other countries and may therefore have adopted their mentality which could have affected the results. Although this problem was attempted to be avoided through asking a broader range, the 40 students was still not sufficient. To improve this aspect a more detailed questionnaire could be developed, which specifies for example, the country they have lived in longest or most recently. Also, random members of the student body were picked, however it is hard to judge how much they actually knew about global warming and its causes. Therefore, many of the students said pollution as to why developed or developing countries are responsible, but failed to specify the source of the pollution and therefore whether it was in fact a greenhouse gas. This may also have affected how significant they thought global warming was, as they may not have been aware of the debate and different philosophies present. In future a short test could be developed that questions the candidates? knowledge of global warming. This could ensure that the results given by the candidate is reliable and accurate. ...read more.

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