Implications of “peak oil” for atmospheric CO2 and climate

  title={Implications of “peak oil” for atmospheric CO2 and climate},
  author={Pushker A. Kharecha and J. E. Hansen},
  journal={Global Biogeochemical Cycles},
  • P. Kharecha, J. Hansen
  • Published 20 April 2007
  • Environmental Science, Physics
  • Global Biogeochemical Cycles
[1] Unconstrained CO2 emission from fossil fuel burning has been the dominant cause of observed anthropogenic global warming. The amounts of “proven” and potential fossil fuel reserves are uncertain and debated. Regardless of the true values, society has flexibility in the degree to which it chooses to exploit these reserves, especially unconventional fossil fuels and those located in extreme or pristine environments. If conventional oil production peaks within the next few decades, it may have… 

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