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Balancing atmospheric carbon dioxide

Journal Article:

Abstract

Rising carbon dioxide and global temperatures are causing increasing worldwide concern, and pressure towards an international law of the atmosphere is rapidly escalating, yet widespread misconceptions about the greenhouse effect's inevitability, time scale, and causes have inhibited effective consensus and action. Observations from Antarctic ice cores, Amazonian rain forests, and Carribean coral reefs suggest that the biological effects of climate change may be more severe than climate models predict. Efforts to limit emissions from fossil-fuel combustion alone are incapable of stabilizing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Stabilizing atmospheric carbon dioxide requires coupled measures to balance sources and sinks of the gas, and will only be viable with large-scale investments in increased sustainable productivity on degraded tropical soils, and in long-term research on renewable energy and biomass product development in the developing countries. A mechanism is outlined which directly links fossil-fuel combustion sources of carbon dioxide to removal via increasing biotic productivity and storage. A preliminary cost-benefit analysis suggests that such measures are very affordable, costing far less than inaction. (With 88 refs.).
Authors:
Goreau, T J [1] 
  1. Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory, Univ. of the West Indies (JM)
Publication Date:
Jan 01, 1990
Product Type:
Journal Article
Reference Number:
SWD-90-007324; EDB-90-158748
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Ambio (Journal of the Human Environment, Research and Management); (Sweden); Journal Volume: 19:5
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; CARBON DIOXIDE; GLOBAL ASPECTS; CLIMATES; COST; EARTH ATMOSPHERE; GREENHOUSE EFFECT; PRICES; RECYCLING; REMOVAL; SINKS; CARBON COMPOUNDS; CARBON OXIDES; CHALCOGENIDES; OXIDES; OXYGEN COMPOUNDS; 540120* - Environment, Atmospheric- Chemicals Monitoring & Transport- (1990-); 290300 - Energy Planning & Policy- Environment, Health, & Safety
OSTI ID:
6628889
Country of Origin:
Sweden
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Journal ID: ISSN 0044-7447; CODEN: AMBOC
Submitting Site:
SWD
Size:
Pages: 230-236
Announcement Date:
Nov 01, 1990

Journal Article:

Citation Formats

Goreau, T J. Balancing atmospheric carbon dioxide. Sweden: N. p., 1990. Web.
Goreau, T J. Balancing atmospheric carbon dioxide. Sweden.
Goreau, T J. 1990. "Balancing atmospheric carbon dioxide." Sweden.
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title = {Balancing atmospheric carbon dioxide}
author = {Goreau, T J}
abstractNote = {Rising carbon dioxide and global temperatures are causing increasing worldwide concern, and pressure towards an international law of the atmosphere is rapidly escalating, yet widespread misconceptions about the greenhouse effect's inevitability, time scale, and causes have inhibited effective consensus and action. Observations from Antarctic ice cores, Amazonian rain forests, and Carribean coral reefs suggest that the biological effects of climate change may be more severe than climate models predict. Efforts to limit emissions from fossil-fuel combustion alone are incapable of stabilizing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Stabilizing atmospheric carbon dioxide requires coupled measures to balance sources and sinks of the gas, and will only be viable with large-scale investments in increased sustainable productivity on degraded tropical soils, and in long-term research on renewable energy and biomass product development in the developing countries. A mechanism is outlined which directly links fossil-fuel combustion sources of carbon dioxide to removal via increasing biotic productivity and storage. A preliminary cost-benefit analysis suggests that such measures are very affordable, costing far less than inaction. (With 88 refs.).}
journal = {Ambio (Journal of the Human Environment, Research and Management); (Sweden)}
volume = {19:5}
journal type = {AC}
place = {Sweden}
year = {1990}
month = {Jan}
}