Since 1998, China’s industrial emissions have grown 109 percent. Over the same period, the rest of the BRIC countries saw notable increases, with 49 percent in Brazil, 44 percent in Russia, and 112 percent in India. Meanwhile, the U.S. industrial sector experienced a slight decrease of 3 percent.

This disparity presents both a threat and an opportunity for U.S. companies. The BRICs’ emissions could perhaps continue unchecked, inflicting global damage to our collective air, water, and other natural resources. There is an opportunity, however, for U.S. companies to use technological innovations to help all countries reduce their individual emission levels.

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