Articles | Volume 12, issue 2
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 12, 1437–1465, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-12-1437-2020
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 12, 1437–1465, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-12-1437-2020

Review article 29 Jun 2020

Review article | 29 Jun 2020

A comparison of estimates of global carbon dioxide emissions from fossil carbon sources

Robbie M. Andrew

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There are now several global datasets with estimates of global CO2 emissions from fossil sources, but the totals from these differ. Sometimes the range of these estimates has been used to indicate uncertainty in global emissions. In this paper I discuss the reasons why these datasets differ, particularly their different system boundaries: which emissions sources are included and which are omitted. Analysis is both qualitative and quantitative.