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Title: Carbon Dioxide Effects Research and Assessment Program. Environmental and societal consequences of a possible CO/sub 2//sup -/ induced climate change: a research agenda

Abstract

In adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, mankind is unintentionally conducting a great biological and geophysical experiment. This experiment can be expected to increase scientific understanding of ecological systems and of the processes in the ocean and the atmosphere that partially determine world climate. But from the standpoint of governments and peoples, the major problem to be solved is to understand the nature of the impacts on societies of rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO/sub 2/), with the objective of avoiding or ameliorating unfavorable impacts and gaining most benefit from favorable impacts. The research program proposed herein is designed to provide the understanding needed to achieve this objective. It is based on a recognition of the distinctive characteristics of the CO/sub 2/ problem. It is concluded that three kinds of research on the consequences of rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide and possible climatic changes are called for: assessment of risks; research to enhance beneficial effects and lessen harmful ones, where this is possible, and to slow down rates of carbon dioxide emission; and study of potential social and institutional responses to projected climatic changes.

Publication Date:
Research Org.:
American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, DC
OSTI Identifier:
6728173
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 6728173
Report Number(s):
DOE/EV/10019-01(Vol.1)
DOE Contract Number:  
AS01-79EV10019
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; CARBON DIOXIDE; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; SOCIAL IMPACT; RESEARCH PROGRAMS; RECOMMENDATIONS; AGRICULTURE; CLIMATES; EARTH ATMOSPHERE; ECOLOGICAL CONCENTRATION; GLOBAL ASPECTS; RISK ASSESSMENT; CARBON COMPOUNDS; CARBON OXIDES; CHALCOGENIDES; INDUSTRY; OXIDES; OXYGEN COMPOUNDS 290300* -- Energy Planning & Policy-- Environment, Health, & Safety; 530100 -- Environmental-Social Aspects of Energy Technologies-- Social & Economic Studies-- (-1989); 530200 -- Environmental-Social Aspects of Energy Technologies-- Assessment of Energy Technologies-- (-1989)

Citation Formats

Not Available. Carbon Dioxide Effects Research and Assessment Program. Environmental and societal consequences of a possible CO/sub 2//sup -/ induced climate change: a research agenda. United States: N. p., 1980. Web. doi:10.2172/6728173.
Not Available. Carbon Dioxide Effects Research and Assessment Program. Environmental and societal consequences of a possible CO/sub 2//sup -/ induced climate change: a research agenda. United States. doi:10.2172/6728173.
Not Available. Mon . "Carbon Dioxide Effects Research and Assessment Program. Environmental and societal consequences of a possible CO/sub 2//sup -/ induced climate change: a research agenda". United States. doi:10.2172/6728173. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/6728173.
@article{osti_6728173,
title = {Carbon Dioxide Effects Research and Assessment Program. Environmental and societal consequences of a possible CO/sub 2//sup -/ induced climate change: a research agenda},
author = {Not Available},
abstractNote = {In adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, mankind is unintentionally conducting a great biological and geophysical experiment. This experiment can be expected to increase scientific understanding of ecological systems and of the processes in the ocean and the atmosphere that partially determine world climate. But from the standpoint of governments and peoples, the major problem to be solved is to understand the nature of the impacts on societies of rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO/sub 2/), with the objective of avoiding or ameliorating unfavorable impacts and gaining most benefit from favorable impacts. The research program proposed herein is designed to provide the understanding needed to achieve this objective. It is based on a recognition of the distinctive characteristics of the CO/sub 2/ problem. It is concluded that three kinds of research on the consequences of rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide and possible climatic changes are called for: assessment of risks; research to enhance beneficial effects and lessen harmful ones, where this is possible, and to slow down rates of carbon dioxide emission; and study of potential social and institutional responses to projected climatic changes.},
doi = {10.2172/6728173},
journal = {},
number = ,
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place = {United States},
year = {1980},
month = {12}
}