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National carbon dioxide emissions : geography matters

Neumayer, Eric ORCID: 0000-0003-2719-7563 (2004) National carbon dioxide emissions : geography matters. Area, 36 (1). pp. 33-40. ISSN 1475-4762

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.0004-0894.2004.00317.x


This article examines the role of geographical factors as determinants of cross-country differences in per capita carbon dioxide emissions. Such differences have been explained by economists mostly in terms of per capita income. Geographical factors on the other hand have been neglected by economic analysis. We examine the effects of cold and hot climates, transportation requirements and the availability of renewable energy sources on emissions. We find that with the exception of cooling requirements as measured by hot climates, all these geographical factors are statistically significant determinants of emissions in accordance with our expectation. Furthermore, cold climates and the availability of renewable resources are also substantively important.

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Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Date Deposited: 18 May 2006
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2024 03:29

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