Journal Article

Global warming has been a growing concern for many countries over the past couple decades. About 180 countries agreed that serious action should be taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Kyoto Protocol was launched after this agreement and was signed by about 40 countries. Saudi Arabia was one of the countries taking part in the negotiations for the Kyoto Protocol.

If global warming is a danger to our planet, why are some countries working hard to slow down the negotiation? In the article “Striving for No: Saudi Arabia in the Climate Change Regime,” Saudi Arabia works to prevent any progress to be made in the negotiations for the Kyoto Protocol. The article displays how this country fears for their economy and is determined to stop the climate change regime.

As the article “Striving for No: Saudi Arabia in the Climate Change Regime” states:

Minister Al Naimi predicted that by 2010, Saudi Arabia would “lose at least $19 billion a year as a result of the policies the industrialized nations will adopt to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.”


I thought this was a good article because I never considered the negative impacts or the other concerns that different countries have that they consider are bigger issues than global warming, especially those who are dependent on their greenhouse gas emissions. The article mentions that Saudi Arabia is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of the Kyoto Protocol.

The article states:

Responding to the climate change will badly harm the Saudi economy.

This article displays all sides of the issue. It discusses Saudi Arabia’s views on climate change, explains the tactics Saudi uses in the negotiations for the Kyoto Protocol and how the other countries tackle Saudi’s obstructionism, and also shows how effective Saudi was in their tactics. It provides a reasonable amount of information regarding Saudi Arabia’s view and involvement on the climate change regime.

I haven’t figured out exactly what my focus is going to be. I do know that I want to talk about other countries and what their response is regarding global warming. I can use this article to discuss how Saudi Arabia is against the climate change regime because their economy depends on it. It would be good to talk about one country that is actively involved in preventing global warming and compare it to another country, like Saudi Arabia, that is intentionally preventing any progress to be made. This article would give me a lot of information on Saudi’s tactics and why they oppose the climate change regime.

I found this article on the day we did the library session so I don’t remember exactly how I found it. I used the academic search premier from the UNLV library website to find an article. I searched “global warming” and clicked on one of the publications listed on the left. The article I chose, “Striving for No: Saudi Arabia in the Climate Change Regime,” comes from the Global Environmental Politics journal.

Library Books

One of the books I chose is called Global Warming and East Asia. I decided to pick this book because it has several chapters mainly on China and another part focusing on Japan. I though it would give me good information one these countries that I can use for my focus. I think this source is reliable because it is edited by a professor at a University in Hong Kong and he is also a director of the Project on Environmental Change and Foreign Policy. Also, there is a list of references at the end of each chapter.

This book is about how East and Southeast Asia are being affected by global warming and climate change. It’s also about how their economies grow, making these problems work. The book mostly focuses on China and Japan, but it also talks about other countries such as Indonesia and the Philippines and how they are fighting the problem.

The other book I chose is called Global Warming the Last Chance for Change. I picked this book because it seemed like it gave a lot of information about global warming and what’s going on in the world. This book seems reliable because it is published by Reader’s Digest. Also, a lot of organizations took part in creating this book.

This book is about how the impact of global warming has already been felt around the world. It talks about the causes and effects of climate change and what we need to do to avoid the worse effects of global warming. It provides information about people in different countries on how climate change has affected their home.

Article and Book

Using Google, I found an article that ranked countries on their climate change efforts. It named the top countries that are doing the most to protect against climate change. It also states the worst countries helping to prevent climate change. They based their ranking on how much each country is emitting harmful gases. The US is one of these countries that are doing the worst. Towards the end of the article, it discusses more about the US and President Bush’s involvement.

In Google scholar, I found an online book that discusses people’s concern for global warming in different countries. Also, what issues they thought were most important. These results came from a number of surveys conducted. From these surveys, they are able to conclude the general concern on the topic, their understanding of global warming, and their willingness to spend on environmental problems.

I can use the article to determine what countries I want to write my paper on. It provides percentages of harmful gases that are being emitted by the worst countries and gives some information of what the top countries are doing to prevent global warming.

The online book relates to my focus because it gives me an understanding of the issues of global warming that other people in different countries are concerned about.

The first source seems reliable. It comes from an organization dedicated to stopping global warming. The quotes used within the article come from spokesmen for the White House. It is more current compared to the online book. The book includes a works cited at the end. It also cites within the text. There was a lot more information provided in the second source compared to the article.

Search Results

The first search engine I used (google.com) came up with websites where people post their own opinion or answer to someone’s question on the topic. Google scholar came up with books on the subject. Google.com came up with more search results compared to Google scholar and Google scholar gave me fewer results on my topic. Google scholar seems like the most useful search engine because it’s more credible even though they gave me fewer results for my subject.

Global Warming

The topic I chose was the response to global warming. I chose this topic because it was the most interesting for me out of the five choices. Also, I briefly talked about global warming in one of my speeches last semester so now I can concentrate mainly on that subject. I think my focus will be on what other countries are doing to prevent global warming. I might focus on two or three countries and compare their reactions to global warming. In choosing what countries to write about, I might choose the most active countries in preventing global warming. Alternatively, I might choose one country that is not as effective as another is and compare the differences. Also, I can write about how their efforts combined has helped in their goal of stopping global warming. I’m thinking about beginning my research paper on what scientists are saying about what causes global warming. From there, I can talk about two or three different countries and how they are adding to global warming and later go into the steps they are taking to preventing global warming. To wrap it up, I’ll probably end with how these steps have helped in some way in preventing global warming.