Carbon Storage in Kitchen Furniture: A Lifespan Analysis from Forest Products to People’s Attitudes.

Marinoiu, Constanta Camelia (2020) Carbon Storage in Kitchen Furniture: A Lifespan Analysis from Forest Products to People’s Attitudes. Doctoral thesis, Buckinghamshire New University (Awarded by Coventry University).

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Climate change, one of the most significant challenges that humanity faces today, is attributed directly or indirectly to human activity that alters the composition of the atmosphere. Global atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) have increased significantly since pre-industrial times (1750), due to the combustion of fossil fuels, cement production and land use conversion. An increase in levels of atmospheric CO2 was observed in 1957, when these were measured directly and interest in the carbon cycle was consequently enhanced (Houghton et al., 1995). After the unequivocal evidence of climate change was revealed, the first significant reactions of the international community were to establish the World Methodological Organization (WMO) in 1950 and to set up the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 1972. In order to provide decision makers with a clear, rigorous and balanced source of information on the current state of knowledge in climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic impacts, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was established in 1988 by UNEP and WMO. The IPCC First Assessment Report was completed in 1990 and rapidly became an important point of reference. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an international environmental treaty negotiated at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Coming into force in 1994, it has brought increasing attention to the role of forests as effective global sinks and as absorbers of carbon dioxide.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Keywords: Kitchen Furniture, Lifespan, People's perception
Depositing User: RED Unit Admin
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2020 08:24
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2020 07:01

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