Climatic Change

, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 141–144 | Cite as

A note on the historical industrial production of carbon dioxide

  • William P. Elliott


The historical record of CO2 emissions from industrial activity is reexamined. The overall annual growth rate has been about 3.5% but with wide variations due to economic fluctuations. It is unlikely that the total CO2 production would have been greatly different had the major wars of the Twentieth Century been avoided.


Growth Rate Dioxide Carbon Dioxide Twentieth Century Industrial Production 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Co. 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • William P. Elliott
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  1. 1.NOAA - Air Resources LaboratoriesRockvilleU.S.A.

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