Chemistry and the Environment

Proceedings of a Regional Symposium, Brisbane, 1989

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This book is comprised of the papers presented at a Symposium on Chemistry and the Enviroment held during the Chemistry International Conference in Brisbane, Australia from 1 to 2 September 1989. The Symposium sought to bring together eminent scientists to identify and discuss major environmental issues of consequence to the AsiaPacific region having a direct association with chemistry.



Photosynthesis and the Greenhouse Effect

The greenhouse effect, whereby atmospheric CO2 and water vapour prevent the Earth's surface from being totally frozen is likely to be amplified by the anthropogenic emissions of fossil fuel CO2. The global carbon cycle links photosynthesis to the greenhouse effect on all timescales up to millions of years. Major characteristics of the Earth's atmospheric composition, notably the low CO2 and the high oxygen concentrations were created by the evolution of plant photosynthesis.


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