Who pollutes more : women or menWomen pollute less than men.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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From a purely sexist standpoint, there is the stereotype that men drive big cars. They might have gas guzzling trucks. Women, on the other hand, do tend to drive more I would think, and many drive SUVs and minivans, both of which are natorious for low gas milage.
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lrwilliams | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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I don't know if there are any stastical studies that can answer this question for you. However I would guess that men probably cause more pollution than do women. I think women are probably more aware of the problems caused by pollution and are more willing to try to take steps to prevent it.

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I don't think you can just assume that women pollute less than men.  While it is true that men like their toys--my husband builds Jeeps in the garage and loves his 4-wheeling time--but with the careers of female racers like Danica Patrick, that may change.  I know lots of women who are not environmentally careful, who drive huge SVU's, and who might throw a hamburger wrapper out the window if they thought noone was looking.  There are also lots of women in the construction field, as well. 

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drmonica | (Level 2) Associate Educator

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I'm curious to know whether there are any statistics to support the claim that women pollute less. Regardless, most industries that contribute to pollution are in the manufacturing and construction sector. Those industries are led primarily by men, so based on that assertion, I think it's fair to estimate that men pollute more than women.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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At least in the US, that might very well be true.  Men in the US are much more fascinated by their cars and are more interested in having trucks and things that use a lot of gas.  Men also use video game consoles more.  But I would think that all the make up that women use might contribute something since it's petroleum based, isn't it?

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nusratfarah | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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Actually it is difficult to answer specifically. It varies on the basis of individual characteristics. The surroundings and habitual features affect this matter.

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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I do not have any statistical data to compare pollution that may be attributable to men and women separately, and therefore i cannot take sides one way or the other. However I think the assertion in post #4 for holding men more responsible for industrial pollution, just because there are more men working in industries. The blame for industrial pollution should fall more on the users of the products made by the industries than on the people employed by them.

Also, I think lives of men and women are closely interlinked and any effort to blame one or the other of the two sexes more for pollution is going to divert energies and efforts from serious work to limit and reduce pollution.

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amitparmar | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 3) eNoter

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Men pollute in huge mass than women.Regardless, construction sector developed by a man always.but a man controls it by developing new techniqes also.
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giorgiana1976 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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Women, more careful to environmental issues but also to their own silhouette, pollute less than men, according to a UN report on "Women, population and climate.

In industrialized countries, women often tend to buy clean products and recycle waste, according to United Nations Fund for Population  (UNFPA), which cites the conclusions of a study made by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), in 2008.

Studies on this topic are still rare, mentions UNFPA, and "virtual" conducts may be the result of chronic social and economic inequalities, which would prevent women to benefit from the development of their country.

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