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UNESCO-SCOPE Policy Brief No. 2

The Global Carbon Cycle

The Global Carbon Project worked with the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Scientific Committee on Problems with the Environment (SCOPE) to prepare this overview of the dynamics of the carbon-climate-human system. We explore a systems approach to managing these interactions in terms of the gap between current carbon emissions and those needed to stabilize atmospheric CO2 as well as their vulnerability and inertia.

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