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By P. R. Sammonds, J M T Thompson, J. M. T. Thompson

ISBN-10: 1860947611

ISBN-13: 9781860947612

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The US though, itself representing 25% of global emissions, remains opposed the Kyoto Protocol. Kyoto then, remains a May 17, 2007 23:23 WSPC/SPI-B424 From Earthquakes to Global Warming The Price of Climate Change ch01 9 rather faltering first step in international action to tackle climate change. Nonetheless, it is a step in the right direction. It may be frustrating to know how large a threat climate change poses but see an apparently very slow response by the international community. Each of us though, can take direct steps to fight climate change while we’re waiting for the politicians to take concerted action.

By dividing the terrestrial biospheric carbon stock (2000 Pg C) by the gross photosynthesis (120 Pg C year−1 ), we can estimate that the mean residence time for an atom of carbon in the terrestrial biosphere is about 17 years, with about 12 years of this being in the soil. The mean is an amalgam of a few months’ residence time for leaves and fine roots, to thousands of years for some long-lived and some components of soil carbon. CO2 is also exchanged with the oceans, primarily by simple physical dissolution, with the net flux to and from any ocean surface depending on the gradient in the partial pressures of CO2 in atmosphere and water.

3. The values shown are estimates May 17, 2007 23:24 WSPC/SPI-B424 From Earthquakes to Global Warming 30 ch02 Y. Malhi (a) (b) Fig. 2 (a) Total carbon emissions from fossil fuel combustion and cement production since 1750, divided by region. Data from Marland (2001), (b) Estimated cumulative carbon emissions since the start of human history, plotted since 1850. Data from Marland (2001) and Houghton (pers. ). Figure derived from one in Malhi et al. (2002). 0 Fig. 3 An estimated carbon budget for the 1990s.

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