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English: The image shows how stabilizing the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide at a constant level would require carbon dioxide emissions to be effectively eliminated. The graph on the bottom shows a substantial reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from their present level over time. Carbon dioxide emissions peak then decline to a fraction of their current level. The graph on the top shows how this reduction would lead to the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide being stabilized at a constant level.
Date 2009-01-00
Source The image is taken from the report, "Synthesis and Assessment Product 5.2: Best practice approaches for characterizing, communicating, and incorporating scientific uncertainty in decisionmaking," page 11. This report is freely available and can be downloaded from
Author U.S. Climate Change Science Program and the Subcommittee on Global Change Research (Granger Morgan, H. Dowlatabadi, M. Henrion, D. Keith, R. Lempert, S. McBride, M. Small, T. Wilbanks (eds.)). National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Washington D.C., USA.
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