Persuasive Essay On Climate Change

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According to the American Meteorological Society, there is a 90 percent probability that global temperatures will rise by 3.5 to 7.4 degrees Celsius (6.3 to 13.3 degrees Fahrenheit) in less than one hundred years, with even greater increases over land and the poles. Such shifts in temperature could and will trigger widespread disasters in the form of rising sea levels, violent and volatile weather patterns, desertification, famine, water shortages, and other secondary effects including conflict. Therefore, avoiding the worst consequences of climate change will require large cuts in global greenhouse gas emissions. While it is futile denying that the industrial revolution happened in Europe and afterwards in the US and these two continents released much more greenhouse gases while the rest of the world was living a mainly agrarian life, they shouldn’t be the only ones to bear the costs of mitigation and adaption today.

Looking back at greenhouse gases emissions from 100 years ago to justify
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Developing countries had a “late-comer’s advantage”, as they could use much more advanced technologies and emit less CO2 for the same level of output. So in a sense, the production of GHG in the developed world was advantageous to both developed and developing countries through the positive spillover effects of technological advancement. Therefore, the carbon footprint that the developed world left in the past 2 centuries, resulted in the technology that the developing world uses today without the need to cause so much pollution, as a results, both the developed and developing world should pay for the mitigation and adaption of climate change, proportional to the carbon footprint that these economies leave
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