Greenhouse Gas Emission| BIGGEST Contributors to Climate Change
Updated: Sep 10, 2019
Climate change became a real concern in mid 1960s, and by mid 70s the term ‘global warming’ made it to the public domain. Change in climate got significantly worse since then, and 2019 began with record breaking extreme weather events around the world.
Concern for climate change gained significant international attention with many nations attempting to curb the detrimental effects of climate change. However, there are more climate change sleepers than climate change deniers. People may be sleeping on climate change for a variety of reasons: lack of adequate awareness and education, apathy, poverty, living a stressful/busy life are just to name a few.
Undoubtedly, people who are marginalized and underprivileged will feel the brunt of climate change devastations.
The way life is currently lived in many parts of the world is no longer sustainable, and requires for an immediate shift in lifestyle that is significantly gentler to and for the environment. There are a number of global contributors to the rapidly changing climate causing greenhouse effect. Fossil fuel (crude oil, coal, natural gas, etc.) burning for energy production and use is a main culprit, yet we use it for electricity, heat, transportation, etc.
The meat and dairy industry is said to be producing dangerous levels of greenhouse gases surpassing the fossil fuel industry. The Independent stated “China, the US, the EU, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand are collectively responsible for over 60 per cent of global meat and dairy emissions – about twice the rest of the world on a per capita basis.”
The world’s top 3 greenhouse gas emitters (China, the EU, & the US) contribute 14X the emission of the bottom 100.
Canada is among the top 10 emitters of greenhouse gasses, and they come from several sources:
Other emitters of greenhouse gases which contribute to climate change include transportation, industry (produces goods and raw materials), agriculture, forestry and land use, waste, etc.