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CIGR Handbook of Agricultural Engineering, Volume V Energy and Biomass Engineering, Chapter 2 Energy for Biological Systems, Part 2.2 Energy and the Environment

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Citation:  CIGR Handbook of Agricultural Engineering, Volume V Energy and Biomass Engineering, Chapter 2 Energy for Biological Systems, Part 2.2 Energy and the Environment, pp. 42-52.  .(doi:10.13031/2013.36413)
Authors:   R. M. Peart
Keywords:   Section Headings: 2.2.1 Energy and Carbon Dioxide, 2.2.2 Production Systems for Lower Emissions

First paragraph: The buildup CO2 in the Earths atmosphere is well documented and predictable. In their widely read book, Limits To Growth, Meadows et al. in 1972 [1] showed a plot of atmospheric CO2 concentrations based on data from 1958 to 1970 and then extrapolated to 2000. This 25-year-old extrapolated curve predicted the 1997 value to be 367 parts in 106 (ppm), which is close to the current value. The worlds continuing, and even increasing, demand for fossil energy is the cause of this CO2 increase.

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