The leaders of the two biggest emitters of green house gases, the United States and china did not offer any formal treaty that would scale down emissions (Adam, 1994). In addition, they made it clear that no such treaty like the Kyoto protocol is forthcoming any time soon.
Revkin also observed that there is wide consensus within the scientific community that with global warming on the increase there is a lot f decrease in the number of species as well as their habitats. In addition, Revkin also noted that the natural adaptation of ecosystems is decreasing. Historically, the United States is the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases. Currently china is has surpassed the United States as the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases and it is expected to be the world’s largest emitter in the near future. The debate on global warming has been around for more than a decade now, and there still seems to be little hope after the last round of climate talks ended in failure late last year in Copenhagen.
According to the current debate, the United States and china hold the key to whether the world is headed for a catastrophe or sustainability. The United States and china are the two main produces and consumers of energy. As a result, there can be no solution to the problem if there is no concerted effort to address the problem without the two principals being involved.