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Consequences Vol. 4, No. 1, 1998








Contents of Vol. 4, Number 1, 1998


by John A. Eddy

Editor's summary of articles

by John A. Eddy

From A Carbon Economy To A Mixed Economy: A Global Opportunity

by Richard C. Rockwell

National economies depend on energy and thus are based on fuel, and for our country and most others, nearly all that we have ever used is carbon: found first in wood, and later coal and oil and natural gas. Switching to a more diversified mix of available energy sources to reduce CO2 emissions involves changes that are deep and wide, but doing so, now, can open new opportunities to both developed and developing nations. [see also: summary]

The Carbon Cycle, Climate, and the Long-Term Effects of Fossil Fuel Burning

by James F. Kasting

How much the Earth will warm when carbon fuels are burned depends in part on how fast the world's reserves are depleted, and what fraction of the CO2 that we release into the air will be taken in by trees and soils and the oceans. Although models that examine the economic impacts of global warming depend on these same factors, what they prescribe leans principally on what the modeler assumes we owe or do not owe to future generations. [see also: summary]

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