Are Carbon Dioxide Emissions Rising More Rapidly Than Expected?

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At least one recent report and numerous news articles suggest that carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are rising more rapidly than expected. While CO2 emissions associated with human activities continue to rise -- and may be worthy of alarm because of their influence on climate change -- any short-term comparisons between actual emissions and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) scenarios miss the mark. This report analyzes this issue and the issues associated with IPCC scenarios and trajectories. It also describes the importance of monitoring CO2 emissions and analyzing the factors and forces behind increasing CO2 emissions.

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Leggett, Jane A. & Logan, Jeffrey October 17, 2008.

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At least one recent report and numerous news articles suggest that carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are rising more rapidly than expected. While CO2 emissions associated with human activities continue to rise -- and may be worthy of alarm because of their influence on climate change -- any short-term comparisons between actual emissions and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) scenarios miss the mark. This report analyzes this issue and the issues associated with IPCC scenarios and trajectories. It also describes the importance of monitoring CO2 emissions and analyzing the factors and forces behind increasing CO2 emissions.

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6 pages.

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  • October 17, 2008

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  • Dec. 11, 2008, 8:32 p.m.

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  • Jan. 26, 2017, 3:23 p.m.

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Leggett, Jane A. & Logan, Jeffrey. Are Carbon Dioxide Emissions Rising More Rapidly Than Expected?, report, October 17, 2008; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metacrs10807/: accessed September 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.