Study concludes that population a major driver of environmental change

September 13, 2010 • Climate Change & Mitigation, Daily Email Recap

Many thanks to Tim Murray and Mark O’Connor for this article.

Abstract: This study examines the temporal stability of the population/environment relationship. We analyze panel data from 1960 to 2005 to determine whether the national-level association between population and carbon dioxide emissions has remained stable, declined, or intensified in recent decades. Results indicate that population size has a large and stable positive association with anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions. The findings of temporal stability generally hold for both developed countries and less-developed countries. The authors conclude that population, in tandem with other social drivers, remains an important consideration for research that addresses the human dimensions of global environmental change.

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