Women do things differently than men. While this may seem obvious, scientists continue to examine the phenomenon and the reasons for it. Recently, researchers concluded that women are more plugged into social media than men. And now, another study shows that women may be the key to reducing climate pollution. A recent study published in Social Science Research says that efforts to improve gender equality around the world may help curtail climate change and environmental degradation.
The reason for the correlation is unknown, but nations in which women have achieved a higher political status — measured by female representation in government and the years that women have had a right to vote — tend to emit less CO2 per capita. It appears that women make different decisions than men in regard to the planet.
Grist, in an article titled “More Power for Women Means Less Climate Pollution, Study Suggests,” compiled a few choice nuggets from the paper:
Women have held the traditional role as caregivers, so some people argue that more women in power would result in fewer wars or, at least, less partisan bickering. Perhaps this study fuels that argument, begging the question: What would be different if women held more seats in government?
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