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Is it simply getting worse? Agriculture and Swedish greenhouse gas emissions over 200 years

Publiceringsår: 2008
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 773-797
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Economic History Review
Volym: 61
Nummer: 4
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: Wiley-Blackwell


This paper challenges the idea that emissions of greenhouse gases simply increase over time with income. It adopts a 200-year perspective and includes the important flows of greenhouse gases related to agriculture, not just the CO2 from fossil fuels. The result is that the pattern of Swedish total greenhouse gas emissions over time resembles an N. In contrast, when only emissions from fossil fuels are counted, the pattern over time resembles an inverted U. Among the most important factors generating emissions in agriculture, forest management was especially important, but in addition, draining of wetlands for agriculture played a substantial role.


  • Economic History


  • ISSN: 1468-0289

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