Assessing the temporal stability of the population/environment (A.K. Jorgenson & B. Clark)


Andrew K. Jorgenson ( University of Utah )
Brett Clark ( North Carolina State University )


Population, Climate change, Carbon dioxide emissions, Cross-national research, Environment


This study examines the temporal stability of the population/environment relationship. We analyze panel data from 1960 to 2005 to determine whether the national-level association between population and carbon dioxide emissions has remained stable, declined, or intensified in recent decades. Results indicate that population size has a large and stable positive association with anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions. The findings of temporal stability generally hold for both developed countries and less-developed countries. The authors conclude that population, in tandem with other social drivers, remains an important consideration for research that addresses the human dimensions of global environmental change.


(25 June 2010) Population & Environment Online


Assessing the temporal stability of the population/environment relationship in comparative perspective: a cross-national panel study of carbon dioxide emissions, 1960–2005