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Global warming, human-induced carbon emissions, and their uncertainties

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In recent decades, there have been a number of debates on climate warming and its driving forces. Based on an extensive literature review, we suggest that (1) climate warming occurs with great uncertainty in the magnitude of the temperature increase; (2) both human activities and natural forces contribute to climate change, but their relative contributions are difficult to quantify; and (3) the dominant role of the increase in the atmospheric concentration of greenhouse gases (including CO2) in the global warming claimed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is questioned by the scientific communities because of large uncertainties in the mechanisms of natural factors and anthropogenic activities and in the sources of the increased atmospheric CO2 concentration. More efforts should be made in order to clarify these uncertainties.

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Fang, J., Zhu, J., Wang, S. et al. Global warming, human-induced carbon emissions, and their uncertainties. Sci. China Earth Sci. 54, 1458–1468 (2011). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11430-011-4292-0

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