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Population Growth, Carbon Emissions and Global Warming: A Critical Climate Treaty Relationship

EPA Grant Number: U914746
Title: Population Growth, Carbon Emissions and Global Warming: A Critical Climate Treaty Relationship
Investigators: Meyerson, Frederick A.B.
Institution: Yale University
EPA Project Officer: Broadway, Virginia
Project Period: January 1, 1995 through January 1, 1996
Project Amount: $102,000
RFA: STAR Graduate Fellowships (1995)
Research Category: Academic Fellowships , Ecological Indicators/Assessment/Restoration , Fellowship - Ecology



The main objectives of this research project are to: (1) understand the relationships between human population growth, density, and the loss of biological diversity; and (2) understand which aspects of human activity, and combinations thereof, have the greatest impact on biodiversity.


At a site in the humid neotropics, this project will involve the comparison of the biodiversity (for certain taxa) of a protected area with the biodiversity of nearby unprotected areas of similar size and ecological characteristics, which have varying human population densities, growth rates, and distributions. Other measures of human activity also will be gathered, such as per capita income and energy use. The data will be analyzed to determine the relationships among the anthropogenic factors and the change in biodiversity. There will be a particular focus on the relationship between human population density and the number of species. However, the results of this research may have application to other tropical areas and temperate regions as well, or that it may serve as a model for similar research there.

Supplemental Keywords:

fellowship, population, neotropics, taxa, biodiversity, energy use, human population density, human population growth rate, economic activity, deforestation, carbon emission, global warming, global climate change, biological diversity., RFA, Scientific Discipline, Air, POLLUTANTS/TOXICS, Environmental Chemistry, Chemicals, climate change, Air Pollution Effects, Forestry, Environmental Monitoring, Atmosphere, adaptive technologies, biodiversity, carbon dioxide enriched soil, global change, green house gas concentrations, methane, carbon dioxide, CO2 concentrations, greenhouse gases, forests, ecosystem impacts, global warming, air quality, climate variability

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