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Wealthy Nations Agree To Cut CO2 Emissions, US Lags Behind

The United Nations has announced that industrialized nations around the world have agreed to cut CO2 emissions, but the US still lags behind.

A smoke stack surrounded by pollution.

Photo: James Jordan (Flickr)

The United States continues to lag behind other developed nations in its commitment to reduce CO2 Emissions.

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This week, the United Nations announced that industrialized nations around the world have agreed to cut CO2 emissions by at least 15-21 percent (relative to 1990 levels) by the year 2020.

Though the decrease falls a bit short of the original goal of a 25-40 percent cut, emissions should fall to between 10.71 and 9.86 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2020, compared with 12.53 billion metric tons in 1990.

In the US President Obama has vowed to (only) cut emissions by 14 percent in the same time frame.

Read More: Rich Nations offer 15-21 percent CO2 cuts by 2020: U.N. (Reuters)

Cory Barker

Cory Barker is a summer intern for Earth Eats and senior IU student from Hartford City, Indiana. He is double majoring in journalism and communication and culture with a minor in business.

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