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Assignment 5: Climate and Environmental Policy

Due: November 14, 2:30 p.m.

In this assignment, you will find and analyze data on the carbon and particulate emissions of China and India. You will then try to explain changes over time in emissions.

Dataset: 

World Bank World Development Indicators Database

http://databank.worldbank.org/data/reports.aspx?source=world-development-indicators

Background data collection and analysis:

1. Download data on total CO2 emissions for China, India, and Canada starting in the year of the 1960s corresponding to the last digit of your B00 number. For example, if your B00 number ends in 5, collect data starting in 1965. Find data through the year 2014. Use the series CO2 emissions (kt)

2. For China and India (separately), find the correlation coefficient between CO2 emissions and GDP (use the series GDP (constant 2010 US$)). 

3. Download data on CO2 emissions per person for China, India, and Canada starting in the year of the 1960s corresponding to the last digit of your B00 number. For example, if your B00 number ends in 5, collect data starting in 1965. Find data through the year 2014. Use the series CO2 emissions (metric tons per capita)

4. For China and India (separately), find the correlation coefficient between CO2 emissions per person and GDP per capita (use the series GDP per capita (constant 2010 US$)). 

5. Download data on energy intensity for China, India, and Canada starting in the year of the 1960s corresponding to the last digit of your B00 number. For example, if your B00 number ends in 5, collect data starting in 1965. Find data through the year 2014. Use the series CO2 emissions (kg per 2010 US$ of GDP).

6. Download data on PM2.5 air pollution between 1990 and 2015 for China, India, and Canada. Use the series PM2.5 air pollution, mean annual exposure (micrograms per cubic meter).

Essay:

In your essay, describe how carbon and particulate emissions have changed over time in China and India. Compare the two countries to each other and to Canada, and discuss whether GDP or GDP per capita are related to carbon emissions. Why does Greenstone et al. (2015) say that particulate matter is so detrimental to health? Describe one government policy that each country is currently undertaking in order to improve its environmental quality.

Your essay must have a title, an introduction, a conclusion, and a data appendix. Make sure to define all terms and provide appropriate background information. 

The maximum length is 500 words plus a two-page data appendix; include a word count at the end of your submission. Include the grading rubric as the first page of your submission. Use Chicago or APA style, and write in 11 or 12 point font, double-spaced, with one-inch margins. You must submit a hard copy (in class) by the deadline. Late submissions will be penalized at 20% per day, starting immediately.

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