What is the Impact of Carbon Dioxide Emissions?

Alvena Nance


Are we paying attention to the effects of carbon dioxide emissions and doing everything we can eliminate the negative effect it has on our overall air quality, our agriculture, and the environment? In the world the United States stands second to China among the ranks of other countries that utilizes carbon dioxide as the primary source of emissions.

Energy Choices

We count on the common forms of energy that are known as fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas, that when combined we breathe them. It is vital that this out pouring of energy or emission into our environment is processed and monitored with the greatest accuracy so it does not negatively affect us, our country, our climate, and our agriculture. In 2016 China with 28.21 percent and the United States with 15.99 percent were the largest producers of carbon dioxide emission worldwide. World carbon dioxide emissions are one way of measuring a country’s economic growth too. The latest figures published by the respected Energy Information Administration show CO2 emissions consumption the vast majority of carbon dioxide produced.

On pure emissions alone, the key points are:

  • China emits more than CO2 than the United States and Canada put together up by 171% since 2000
  • The United States has had declining CO2 for two years running, the last time the United States had declining CO2 for 3 years running was in the 1980s

The United States is expected to decrease their carbon dioxide emissions by 46 percent by 2040. Looking at the two leading countries agriculture growth China is the leader in gross value of agriculture outpour is rice, wheat, potatoes, corn, peanuts, tea, millet, barley, apples, cotton, oilseed, pork and fish. The United States ranks high in wheat, corn, other grains, fruit, vegetable, cotton, beef, pork, poultry, poultry, dairy products, fish and forest products.

The comparison between China and America’s materials and energy production and consumption in the early 2000s with those of today. China now produces, and consumes approximately 60% of the world’s cement and second to that on the planet is India. As far as cement goes, China produces thirty times more cement each year then America. China’s cement industry is the significant contributor to global carbon dioxide emissions.  Interestingly that in a single decade China went from producing 20% of the world’s steel to producing half of it. The comparison with America is equally striking. Given that almost 7% of global carbon dioxide emissions come from iron and steel making, this has both obvious and important consequences. (Wilson,2017)

The production of aluminum was ten time more for China than America. China produced 60 % more than America, however Americas production declined by 25%, while China’s increased by nearly 400%. Electricity generation is important and China has total electricity capacity increased from 344 to 1,100 gigawatts between 2001 and 2011. While China’s primary energy consumption increased by 150% in a single decade, America’s decreased by 4%. (Wilson,2017)

Coal is used a lot by China, today it consumes half of the worlds coal about four billion tons. America however is now using much less, with a decline of 20% between 2002 and 2012. (Wilson,2017)

Looking at carbon dioxide emissions America’s is 50% higher than those in China, and a decade later China produced almost twice that of America and now produces more than America and the European Union put together and likely a decade from now China will emit at least three times more carbon dioxide than America. (Wilson, 2017)

According to this source (Wilson, 2017) forecasting is futile however an illustrative statistical comparison to put possible energy futures of both America and China in context.

Climate change is a shared challenge. The EPA collaborates with China’s Ministry of Science and Technology on research to better assess emissions and their impacts, improve mitigation practice and technologies, and enhance sustainability. Areas of shared research include emissions that impact air and climate, water sustainability, computational toxicology, soil remediation, and toxic air pollutants. Also participating in government -wide EPA initiatives with China, is the United States. (EPA and OITA, 2017)

Culture and the expectations within cultures affect all business transactions and it is important that all involved understand one another. (Pitts et al).  The US standard of ethics may have the potential for conflict, therefore an understanding of knowledge, of culture ethics, set expectations, and guidelines will play a role in these country’s success in working together.

In conclusion it is clear that understandings of the energies and how they are studied, processed and utilized are important because they affect every human being and space around the globe and should be treated as a safety issue to mankind and the environment in which we live.

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