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

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To explore individual and group perceptions of the issue of global warming and the factors affecting these.


Students from developing countries tend to associate the responsibility of global warming to developed countries.


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. A person's gender may also have a bearing. This would therefore potentially change their mindset of which the questionnaire does not take into consideration. Hence to maintain consistency, a large group of students must be questioned, ranging from countries from Africa to India to Sweden. This will make the data as accurate as possible and make sure that each region is represented as even within their smaller nationalities, ideas are likely to differ.


  1. Two tables were constructed, Table 1 and Table 2. Table 1 was used to record the information coming from students from developed countries. Table 2 respectively recorded that from students from developing countries.
  2. The table contained questions including; how significant a problem is global warming through a ranking system, is developing or developed countries responsible and why, and finally who should pay for the solutions. This will allow us to explore and analyse the results of the hypothesis. N.B. The ranking system varies from 1 to 10, 10 being extremely significant. The answers can be divided from 0-3: Not Significant, 4-6: Quite Significant, 7-9: Very Significant, 10: Extremely Significant.
  3. A representative portion of 40 members of the student body were surveyed. For each category, approximately 20 students were questioned in order to make sure that there was enough data for each category for collation purposes. Furthermore, within the categories, a variety of nationalities were chosen to ensure that all thoughts and ideas were represented and make the experiment as accurate as possible.
  4. The results and observations were collated in order to understand whether students from developing countries feel that developed countries are responsible and whether students from developed countries differ in their opinion. Furthermore, specific trends within certain nationalities were observed.
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  1. The information was represented in the form of graphs including: who is responsible for global warming, the main methods of contribution by developed and developing countries and who should pay for the solutions.
  2. The reasons given of why each side is responsible was analyzed according to the results given in order to understand why responsibility is associated with each side. Therefore we can judge the main methods of contribution to global warming, and how significant the candidates felt each method was.
  3. The results were then evaluated, critically analyzing their reliability, and future improvements that could be made ...

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