Who Is Responsible For Climate Change? - Who Needs To Fix It?

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Since the Industrial Revolution, humans have released over 1.5 trillion tonnes of carbon dioxide or CO2 into the earth's atmosphere. In the year 2019 we were still pumping out around 37 billion more. That’s 50% more than the year 2000 and almost three times as much as 50 years ago. And it’s not just CO2. We’re also pumping out growing volumes of other greenhouse gases such as methane and nitrous oxide. Combining all of our greenhouse gases, we’re emitting 51 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents each year.
And emissions keep rising - but they need to get down to 0!

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  1. Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

    Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

    3 hónapja

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    • Jonathan Jollimore

      Jonathan Jollimore

      7 napja

      Smart answer we all are

    • gamer 15

      gamer 15

      10 napja

      hi kurzgesagt is this vidio still viable as the uk left the eu hense for we are no longer identified as the eu so the count might be nocked of i dont nkow wether you do updates on these types of things but just thought id let you nkow

    • Selena White

      Selena White

      19 napja

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    • Deepanshu Rawat

      Deepanshu Rawat

      29 napja

      4:07 that is not the Indian Flag.

    • Bread Cat

      Bread Cat



  2. Sledge Hammer Jerry

    Sledge Hammer Jerry


    ono how 2 stop climciate change

  3. Denis Laflamme

    Denis Laflamme


    I would just like to point out to all the doomers in the comments that the fossil fuel industry loves you guys. Your hopelessness and despair makes you as inactive has climate change deniers. 👍

  4. 김동욱


    10 órája


  5. gord gord

    gord gord

    10 órája


  6. RaDrich Gaming

    RaDrich Gaming

    13 órája

    everyone should help fix this problem, we are gonna wipe out ourselves if we dont fix this.

  7. New World

    New World

    22 órája

    The newsroom "who care's?"

  8. Meme Doge

    Meme Doge


    Don’t think it matters on who is to blame. What matters is that we focus on ourselves, reducing individual emissions.

  9. Filipe Lobo

    Filipe Lobo



  10. Avivek035



    We have to do things quick or the fight for the resources will begin

  11. X E H E R O R

    X E H E R O R


    07:12 thats not Nigerias flag, thats Indias flag

  12. Кира Фёдорова

    Кира Фёдорова


    Люди наказываются не ЗА грехи, а наказываются САМИМИ грехами. И это самое тяжёлое и самое верное наказание. Бывает, что человек обманщик, обидчик проживает жизнь и умирает в богатстве и почёте. Но это не значит, чтобы он ушёл от наказаний за свои грехи. Наказания эти будут не где-то там, где никто не бывал и не будет, а наказания эти ЗДЕСЬ. Здесь уже человек этот наказан тем, что с каждым новым грехом он все больше и больше отдаляется от истинного счастья - любви и СТАНОВИТСЯ ВСЕ МЕНЬШЕ И МЕНЬШЕ РАДОСТНЫМ. Все равно как пьяница, будет ли он или не будет наказан за своё пьянство от людей, он уже всегда наверное наказан, кроме головной боли и похмелья, уже тем, что чем чаще он напивается, тем ДУШЕ ЕГО СТАНОВИТСЯ ВСЕ ХУЖЕ И ХУЖЕ.

  13. foamy bub

    foamy bub

    2 napja

    this video is so good

    • foamy bub

      foamy bub

      2 napja

      ikr its so good

  14. foamy bub

    foamy bub

    2 napja

    UwU ;)

  15. Tyler Choquette

    Tyler Choquette

    2 napja

    Bill gates is born on my birthday!

    • Tyler Choquette

      Tyler Choquette


      Not kidding

  16. NarrowKilla


    2 napja

    You know it's really hard to not go political discussing this lol Humans are humans

  17. Gameorecore


    3 napja

    9:58 ngl I thoght it will explode

  18. Haposan Nico

    Haposan Nico

    3 napja

    love this video!

  19. James Smith

    James Smith

    3 napja

    Chinese Communist Party: "We have never polluted on Earth before....if you don't agree with us your r-cist and pro-Democracy."

  20. goku-san green

    goku-san green

    3 napja

    Everyone stop trying to put the blames on one group we all have to contribute to fixing it anyone who clicked on this vidoe to find out who to blame is the problem smh

  21. C. Patel

    C. Patel

    3 napja

    People are talking about climate change as we are killing the world. NO, we are killing ourselves. I am sure once humanity is extinct , climate will recover on its own.

  22. Đéo phải Shinji

    Đéo phải Shinji

    3 napja

    Tldr we all gonna die and nothing could stop

  23. The Traveler

    The Traveler

    3 napja

    im from America and i wont even try to point the finger at any other country. but i will say regardless it needs to be a global effort. either we cross this river together or not at all

  24. Buster04


    3 napja

    If only CO2 was black, then people would see the mess. Or, actually, you wouldn't see anything.

  25. 문Mina


    3 napja

    7:44my favorite part! Reaaly who should take responsibility...

  26. Double Shovel

    Double Shovel

    3 napja

    4:60 thats not india bro

  27. eWos MrV

    eWos MrV

    3 napja

    The answer is easy is all of you

  28. Joe Evett

    Joe Evett

    4 napja

    Co2 levels are not near what they were 500 million years ago (Ordovician period) When the first land plants grew. We pump Co2 into green houses to help the plants grow. Yes we have less ice at the north pole, but more at the south. Don't panic people we are not even close to levels of anything that is going to kill us. People much smarter than us have figured this out. Go read some literature from some Nobel prize winners that say climate always changes and that will thrive even better with a rise in average temp of 4 degrees Celsius. in 1996 they went to find a plane that crashed in Greenland in 1946 and found it under 250 feet of ice. Should we do what we can? yes, should we panic? not even close.

    • Joe Evett

      Joe Evett

      3 napja

      @oukkat nothing you can't Google. Some people like to just repeat garbage they hear In stead of a bit of research of there own.

    • oukkat


      3 napja


  29. Himanshu Galgat

    Himanshu Galgat

    4 napja

    4:12 India's flag is wrong. please take note for next time. PS i like your channel

  30. Banking Preparation

    Banking Preparation

    5 napja

    4:07 That's not India's Flag

  31. Sad life

    Sad life

    5 napja

    If onlyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  32. Alice Smith

    Alice Smith

    5 napja

    I blame China cuz they almost killed people with an Giant ROCKE

    • blue creams

      blue creams

      2 napja

      wait……what is rocke?

    • Rehan Sajid

      Rehan Sajid

      3 napja

      america bombed japan two times with nukes

    • VegetableNinja


      4 napja

      We killed people with a giant BOMB

  33. mexican dream

    mexican dream

    5 napja

    Gotta say america making alot of co2 its not surprising

  34. Wei Liu

    Wei Liu

    5 napja

    the one with less advanced weaponry is responsible

    • VegetableNinja


      4 napja

      Let’s stand up against canada

  35. Sricharan Ashok

    Sricharan Ashok

    5 napja

    4:09 that ain’t India’s flag...🙄🙄

  36. Sricharan Ashok

    Sricharan Ashok

    5 napja

    4:09 that’s not India ....🙄🙄🙄

  37. Marko Savić

    Marko Savić

    5 napja

    I am shure that we can all blame US for chaos in the world right now!! And probably UK too!

  38. Abhilash Sabat

    Abhilash Sabat

    5 napja

    With all due respect at 04:08 India's national flag isn't the correct one. Please correct this hineous behavior

  39. Sam Chiu

    Sam Chiu

    6 napja

    10:00: "We can begin today." Video uploaded June 21, 2020.

  40. Kanishk Raghav

    Kanishk Raghav

    6 napja

    Please use correct Indian flag at 4:07 . You are a responsible HUbuild channel.

  41. Prerana Joshi

    Prerana Joshi

    6 napja

    i love your videos so much, but that's not the indian flag at 4:08 ^^"

  42. Joaquín ELIASCHEV

    Joaquín ELIASCHEV

    6 napja

    Am gonna be fair, i love this channel but each time i open your videos i fear for another existenciaal crisis

  43. Roseann Jeremiah

    Roseann Jeremiah

    6 napja

    The telling fiction firstly dam because grain concretely stay afore a spooky turret. abounding, petite snowman



    6 napja

    4:07 um 😐 that is not india

  45. Negin Moosavi

    Negin Moosavi

    7 napja

    4:09 that's iran not india...wondering which one you meant

  46. shu shufan198222

    shu shufan198222

    7 napja

    The proud file similarly paint because step-grandfather differently help against a outgoing poet. ludicrous, royal cry

  47. Spaceocto Mac952

    Spaceocto Mac952

    7 napja

    What if instead of lowering the production of greenhouse gases why don’t we take it out of the air manually using air currents and then turn the greenhouse gases into something else we can use

    • VegetableNinja


      4 napja

      How we gonna remove 36 billion tons of invisible gas

  48. Aunt bill

    Aunt bill

    7 napja

    We are all gonna die

  49. ║J║      ║A║      ║Y║෴☯

    ║J║ ║A║ ║Y║෴☯

    7 napja

    Fun fact: India and China planted the most trees on earth than any other countries

  50. siewling ngu

    siewling ngu

    7 napja


  51. Ryan G.

    Ryan G.

    7 napja

    4:09 That's not the flag of India. Just a small error, no biggie.

  52. James Henry Smith

    James Henry Smith

    8 napja

    Now that they are saying UFOs are real, We can use the free energy perpetual motion overunity power plants now!? The school girl built the John Bedini free energy motor over 8 years ago now. And there are many others, like the Perendev motor, Newman motor, Stanley Meyer water powered car, etc.! And the one with the wheel of v gates and the cam lifter. And the George Green magnet free energy motor. A city in Switzerland was powered with one. Or one of many thousands or millions of others. They've existed since 800 BC or earlier, especially from the 1400s on. They've been being patented in the USA since 1799, when a "permanent magnet mill" was patented! Of course some are fake so they have to test.

  53. Araadhya Agarwal

    Araadhya Agarwal

    8 napja

    India's map is wrong. lmao

  54. Lisa Bianchi

    Lisa Bianchi

    8 napja

    1:52 the bird with the windmill is definitely going to win

  55. R34L HUM4N

    R34L HUM4N

    8 napja

    Bill Gates has invested billions of dollars into the oil industry.

  56. Róger Ulate

    Róger Ulate

    8 napja

    When you are just on Globalization on your university and professor create a reference to Kurzgesagt, you know you are with the right professor. ULACIT bruhhh!

  57. Bob Gob

    Bob Gob

    8 napja

    I can finaly prenounce Kurzgazagt

  58. Dev Mishra

    Dev Mishra

    8 napja

    4:13 that is not India's map

  59. chinnu chinnu

    chinnu chinnu

    8 napja

    As per modern research humanity is in danger of extinction ie ending by '2050

  60. Christin Soriano, Jr.

    Christin Soriano, Jr.

    9 napja

    We need a genetically modified greenhouse monsters to fix it.

  61. Christin Soriano, Jr.

    Christin Soriano, Jr.

    9 napja

    The greenhouse monsters are the culprits.

  62. TheMasterEngineer


    10 napja

    here's the short answer (Everyone & Everything)

  63. Crosshair


    10 napja

    I remember when people say poverty across the world is going down, nope its going up, if you take out china. A communist government is some how make its country less poor. As far as I can understand is because of several job opertunites and trades.

  64. kalamay


    10 napja

    Is this video actually trying to defend China's abysmal global emissions performance? It's just so sad, this leftist shilling..

    • helado vegano

      helado vegano

      6 napja

      He just give facts, he doesn't have favorites

    • Amrendra


      9 napja

      Damn he responded to you

    • Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

      Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

      9 napja

      No. Its putting the responsibility of the other developed nations into perspective so they don't just point fingers at China and don't change.

  65. Alexander Mains

    Alexander Mains

    10 napja


  66. Dragonlohit_ Yt

    Dragonlohit_ Yt

    10 napja

    4:07 you got the Indian flag wrong :(

  67. AW336 Lab

    AW336 Lab

    10 napja

    the way you pronounced "Methane" killed me

  68. China virus

    China virus

    10 napja

    I have Idea

  69. 小烏龜


    10 napja

    It's not china there was somebody who have it and come to china

  70. Salomon Spiegelstein

    Salomon Spiegelstein

    10 napja

    Why does the pandemic have no impact on global warming? What about the astrophysical factors? Why did ice ages and warm periods alternate periodically long before humans existed?

  71. Leela Shiva Narayana Bhimavarapu

    Leela Shiva Narayana Bhimavarapu

    11 napja

    you've literally being pondered in your work reversed the india's flag itself at 4:07....LMAFOOOO

  72. alkoln 290

    alkoln 290

    11 napja

    1:37 XD

  73. Sheikh U

    Sheikh U

    11 napja

    that's not our flag bro 😂 7:13 it's green white green

  74. Terlin1466


    12 napja

    here are some major problems with this. One there is not proof that Doing everything possible will change things. two Its literately impossible to get others to do what you want to do around the world. three All solutions so far to combat the climate change has only been opportunity's to gain power so far and done little to nothing to help the climate. Conclusion The climate is going to change and NO amount of work is going to change shit cause clearly everything done so far has little to zero impact on it. But don't worry the planet wont die. We will..and you know, if we cant get along in our own country's then maybe we all deserve to die anyway. Humanity had its chance. let it die.

  75. Wes Jones

    Wes Jones

    12 napja

    Both sides are right. Developed nations have historically produced more. But that doesn’t mean it’s hard to say the growing issue isn’t because of developing nations, as their emissions growth is linked to their poverty rate declines. In other words, the problem will continue to get worse unless poverty goes away. The solution therefore: tackle poverty. Attempting to force markets to change doesn’t work, due to unintended consequences. Read economist Frederic Bastiat’s 1850 essay That Which is Seen and That Which is Unseen, to understand better. Our efforts to force green energy in places like Germany have backfired and resulted in worse emissions reductions there, due to dependence on coal and outdated fossil fuels as a result. If we look at the reductions made in fossil fuel industries (vehicles today burn a fraction of the fuel they did 30 years ago, yet produce more power still, Canadian oil companies utilize carbon capture tech on site, pipelines have led to use of LNG from Mid East instead of flaring, etc.) we can see that it does benefit markets to improve if and when they can afford to. By exporting our LNG here in Canada to places like China and India (currently 70-75% of their energy is produced with coal which has double the emissions of LNG), we can help reduce their growing emissions despite their increased production. The result would be more power for their people for the first time, improvements in their tech and economies, as well as more opportunities globally (India leads the world in online virtual assistants). At the same time, this would generate billions in revenue for Canadian companies that invest in carbon capture tech, and can also afford to reduce emissions by means of reducing processing and work in order to reduce overhead. It would also mean billions in tax revenue to put toward sustainable practices to help individuals reduce emissions, thus lowering our emissions by making us wealthier, while lowering developing nation’s emissions by making them wealthier also. The economy isn’t a zero sum game (as evidenced by the fact that GDPs grow each year, an impossibility if wealth requires being taken from others and not created). By acting as though it is, we are holding back real efforts to make real and lasting changes, that also mean improving the quality of life for those who have every right to lift their families out of extreme poverty.

  76. Skill Share

    Skill Share

    12 napja

    only the bad people get power not the smart people who actually want to change for better even doe joe biden is better then donald trump joe biden ain't doing good there are alot of people who could be a better president instead of focusing on other countries and telling them to change first look in the mirror like before you start hating other countries look on what you do like even though countries take part and want to change they haven't necessarily converted to renewables but there are reasons for that too for example they can't cuz here in the uk its inefficient to use solar panels as yeah we rarely get sun also Nuclear power on a large scale would be very dangerous this is called the stop watching fake tic toks and blaming other countries like china paradox many people like joe biden and donald trump do not understand this paradox when china is poor so it needs to change and it has done that better then any other country by being efficient and using its population to its advantage also not ignoring problems like covid-19 anti-vaccine people and stuff that can wipe us all out

  77. roofprod


    12 napja

    Conclusion: The United States and China are obliged to reduce emissions, and the rest join them. Industrialization, high technology, development - cannot be the cause of pollution. In the sense that the more developed a country, the faster it can introduce renewable energy and materials.

  78. roofprod


    12 napja

    Вывод : США и Китай обязаны снизить выбросы, а остальные к ним присоединиться. Индустриализация, высокие технологии, развитие - не может быть причиной загрязнения. В том смысле,чем более развитая страна, тем она быстрее может внедрить возобновляемую энергетику и материалы. Conclusion: The United States and China are obliged to reduce emissions, and the rest join them. Industrialization, high technology, development - cannot be the cause of pollution. In the sense that the more developed a country, the faster it can introduce renewable energy and materials.

  79. Tabby Cat

    Tabby Cat

    12 napja

    not humans, billionaires released co2

  80. Aaron Preston

    Aaron Preston

    12 napja

    wow this video is bullshit. we are not that important. we may kill ourselves but the planet will be fine.

  81. paule quinton

    paule quinton

    12 napja

    Start climatechange

  82. Yeah, Shorts

    Yeah, Shorts

    12 napja


  83. HUNTER0822


    12 napja

    0:17 they are pumping out

  84. Gideon Oliver

    Gideon Oliver

    13 napja

    CO2 impoverish us all ultimately

  85. Daniel B

    Daniel B

    13 napja

    Ur not foolin' me. Where is ur spaceship.

  86. Sagar Debnath

    Sagar Debnath

    13 napja

    You should praise India 🇮🇳. For their solar energy advancement...



    13 napja

    In India electric cars are Not affordable

  88. CHEN HO TIN 陳浩天 Alumni

    CHEN HO TIN 陳浩天 Alumni

    13 napja

    It's about individuals more than the country, are we willing to lower the current living standard to cut the emission? Few really do. That's why politicians are reluctant to go first. Because they are afraid of getting downvoted if they can't sustain the increasing GDP which is contradictory to cutting the emission.

  89. Rayan Jacob

    Rayan Jacob

    14 napja

    I live in the United Arab Emirates

  90. Nils Tonsi

    Nils Tonsi

    14 napja


  91. muiz ace the adorable

    muiz ace the adorable

    14 napja

    china has a great population muchmore than the us so its not the one to blame its actually us who has been producing the most co2 for its population

  92. Zbig P

    Zbig P

    14 napja

    The problem with global warming is that people have been led to believe that we are going to be a catastrophe, and these people, under the influence of hysteria, are forcing governments to take absurd and costly actions to sweat a little better. We all have to pay for the panic to stop crying. The industry that we liquidate moves to China and continues to poison there, so maybe this is not the way? Maybe it would be better and cheaper to spend public money treating mass hysteria and ban films like this and put their authors in jail?

  93. matthew benard

    matthew benard

    15 napja

    A beautiful idea but there is too much Greed, Selfishness, and lies. Everyone is so focused on short term gain, they are not thinking about the future and the world that there and our kids will have to grow up in.

  94. sparsh_play


    15 napja

    4:08 hey Kurzgesagt, in this current scene the Indian flag is incorrecty colored, the circle in the centre is supposed to be blue in color, please fix this mistake

  95. KelSi T

    KelSi T

    15 napja

    Lets just jump to the real conclusion, its everyone's fault, but some people just don't wanna say it.

  96. Jeet 31PS

    Jeet 31PS

    15 napja


  97. Chv Hndrtntlr

    Chv Hndrtntlr

    15 napja

    Last time I checked, they agree to blame it to third world country

  98. Boilermaker Things

    Boilermaker Things

    16 napja

    10:26 i just herd a qwack

  99. Jan Skogsberg

    Jan Skogsberg

    16 napja

    I like how you compare countries with each other and then throws in the EU like it’s one country together with all the rest of just the countrys.. The EU is a collection of 27 (!) country’s together. Then there is the total of landmass for each country and the population of that country.. If you try to put up some sort of graph for this the leading country’s for pollution would probably be different. But it’s “unfair” for the EU to be put up against individual country’s when it’s a collection of 27 country’s. Probably Germany and Poland is the worst polluters of the whole EU. So this statistics is I kinda unfair against the individual country’s in EU. It’s like comparing individual country’s to whole continents its miss-leading according to me.

  100. david staroselskij

    david staroselskij

    16 napja

    send this to the presidends