There is countless evidence that some nations of the world contribute more to global warming than others, according to their carbon dioxide emission per capita. Studies from 2004 show that carbon emission per person in the US was 6 tons/yr, Canada and Australia had values very close to that of the US, Western Europe and Japan had between 2 to 5 tons/yr, and Developing countries had approximately between 0.2 and 0.6 tons/yr. It is ironic that the nations that contribute least happen to be the most impoverished, most vulnerable to diseases and most “natural-resource-dependent” (Patz et al., 2007). In addition, studies show that those regions least responsible have, to no surprise, also encountered most increase in diseases due to temperature rise. This inequity is of great concern and is unfair, since the powerful countries that are most destructive bear the least of the burden. In this case, adoption of an equilibrium resource consumption strategy considering both global population security and national interests is vital for every state.
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