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Carbon dioxide is a colourless gas formed during the combustion of any material containing carbon and an important green house gas.

Sources of CO2:
All energy production using combustion emits carbon dioxide. This includes driving vehicles, electricity production, heating, etc. It is also produced through the decomposition of organic matter in soils under oxidising conditions.

Health effects of CO2:
There are no known serious direct health effects from CO2. However, the indirect health effects of climate change are numerous.

Environmental effects of CO2:
Carbon dioxide is a ‘greenhouse gas,’ and is one of the primary causes of human-induced climate change.

Source Publication:
Environmental Indicators for Agriculture – Vol. 3: Methods and Results, OECD, 2001, glossary, pages 389-391
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Facts on Pollutants, website [n.d.].

Cross References:
Carbon dioxide emissions
Carbon dioxide equivalent
Carbon sequestration
Carbon tax
Global warming


Statistical Theme: Agriculture and fisheries statistics - Environmental indicators for agriculture

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Thursday, April 4, 2013