American industry and political
lobbying groups have historically
fought against changes to US
all the governments of the world recognize the need for environmental
sustainability, and are taking action to limit their impact
on the environment.
many governments are taking very different pathways towards
that common goal, depending largely on how big an influence
business and industry plays in shaping government policy.
At present, North America is widely regarded as one of the
worst climate change offenders. Not only does the USA contribute a disproportionately large amount
of pollution to the atmosphere, it is also one of the countries
doing the least to reduce its contribution to global
warming - as big
oil and other lobbying
groups increasingly lay claim to Washington.
US states, however, which have taken matters in to their
own hands and are working hard to reduce environmental impact,
even without help from the federal government.
is another country that many believe is not doing enough to
reduce environmental damage. Canada originally signed on and
ratified the Kyoto
Protocol, but has since joined the alternative international
agreement authored by the United States.
meanwhile, have suffered a great deal of criticism for not
having any mandatory reduction targets and for taking part
in more of a PR campaign than a serious effort to promote
the United States, several Canadian provinces have taken it
upon themselves to set ambitious environmental goals, rather
than wait for the federal government to act.
In stark contrast, the EU and virtually all European countries
are working hard to reduce their environmental impact. Many
are on target to achieve their respective Kyoto goals, and
throughout Europe, forward thinking technologies and strategies
are being implemented to promote environmental sustainability.
Britain is particularly notable because a new government policy
that will, if passed, put Britain on course to reduce carbon
emissions by 60% before 2050 from 1990 levels.
Australia, too, is only just starting to become a more
green government. Much like Canada
and the United States though, some Australian states have
taken the initiative and gone ahead with various strategies
to reduce their environmental impact above and beyond what
has been implemented by national policy.
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