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United States

TOTAL POPULATION

318.6 million YEAR 2014

CO2 EMISSIONS

5,254,300 kt COUNTRY, YEAR 2014

5,792,000 kt North America, YEAR 2014

The United-States have pulled out of the Paris agreement.

PARIS AGREEMENT TARGET

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CLIMATE SIGNIFICANCE

The US is increasingly vulnerable to climate chaos consequences, yet seems to have a hard time to come to terms with this reality. Under the Trump administration, the US government has pulled out of the Paris Agreement (Syria and Nicaragua have now joined, which means that the US is the only country out of the agreement). 

The US is the world’s second largest emitter although Americans only represent 4.4% of the world population. It is the country that has contributed the most to climate change in terms of GHG emissions. Human influence has already taken a toll on the environment. The passenger pigeon was one of the first known species to disappear with our knowledge that we had a part in this.

California has progressively dried out and is facing longer and harsher fire seasons. In the Gulf of Mexico, hurricanes have become more intense, more frequent and have started occurring farther up north and inland. These events cannot be considered anomalies anymore, because they are the new norm in these regions.

The US is the third largest country in the world. Its territories range from Caribbean islands to the frozen lands of Alaska all the way in the Arctic circle. The American great outdoors attracts millions of nature lovers (and resource exploiters) for their pristine, seemingly endless wilderness. 25,800 protected areas covering 1.2 million km² currently protect 14% of the US territory. These protected lands preserve habitats and endangered species, but also geological formations, archaeological treasures and historical sites. 

They are at the heart of a battle for influence between conservationists and contenders of resource exploitation. These groups are battling over infrastructure projects (such as that of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline), national monument planning (such as the Bears Ears rollback project), and many more issues that reveal a growing conflict between two very different approaches to wealth and economic growth.

Even the strongest lumberjack needs a helping hand when they get dust in their eyes. The world’s first economy, first military and first internal market have the potential to tip the scales in favour of environmentalism. Despite negative signals and a confirmed penchant for fossil fuel industries from the central administration, other institutions in the country are defending the cause and their livelihoods.

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DATA INSIGHTS

The US is classified as a high-income country by the World Bank. The history of carbon emissions and exposure to climate risk provides useful insights into the US’ position in the fight against climate change. The following plots give an overview of US’ historic greenhouse gas emissions in perspective with global emission levels, as well as the country’s climate action and sustainability performance.

The US Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The US’s timeline of total GHG emissions and the percentage change from 1990

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The US Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The US’s timeline of total GHG emissions and the percentage change from 1990

The US Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Sustainable Development Goals Index (SDGI) - the US

The US’s performance on sustainable development

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Sustainable Development Goals Index (SDGI) - the US

The US’s performance on sustainable development

Sustainable Development Goals Index (SDGI) - the US
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