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  • The United Nations recently held their climate summit in New York City.

  • A few days ahead of the event, more than 300,000 people joined a peaceful march in Manhattan to call attention to the issue of climate change.

  • Secretary Of State John Kerry recently argued that the

  • problem of climate change should be addressed with the same immediacy as Ebola or ISIS.

  • So, putting politics aside, how serious is this issue?

  • Well, there's an incredible amount of statistical evidence that illustrates the severity of climate change.

  • But instead of getting mired down in talk about ice caps and polar bear populations,

  • let's just discuss what the UN Climate Summit is really about: air pollution.

  • The UN is meeting in hopes of signing a deal that could cut down on carbon emissions worldwide.

  • Just to be clear, we are talking about cars and our dependence on oil, but we're also talking about things like coal power.

  • Climate change is a pressing issue now because there are nations, chief among them China,

  • that are actively pumping carbon into the environment on an enormous scale.

  • According to the Global Carbon Project, China alone accounts for 28% of the world's total carbon emissions.

  • And they increased their emissions last year by 4.2%,

  • which helped increase global emissions worldwide, by 2.3%.

  • In other words, year over year - the situation is getting worse, not better.

  • The ultimate goal of this meeting is to establish a plan to reduce these emissions.

  • And one way to do that - is switching away from coal and fossil fuels, to cleaner forms of energy;

  • a switch that some economists and ecologists now argue could also help developing countries, like China, save money in the long run.

  • They also argue that it would benefit not just the environment,

  • but also the health of the people in those nations.

  • The argument against committing to cleaner energy is that it requires an enormous initial

  • investment and could potentially slow down economic progress.

  • The problem is that the very nations that need economic progress most, are also the nations that emit the most carbon.

  • It's a catch-22, and a large part of why an agreement still hasn't been reached.

  • To find out more about what’s going on in China, check out our video on the conflict

  • between China and the Tibetan Independence movement. Or watch our other video on How Powerful China really is.

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