What is it about?

Carbon is a central element to our daily life. This paper examines where carbon is found not only in our direct environment, but also is part of the different habitats on earth, and discusses the flow of carbon compounds through different compartments on earth.

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Why is it important?

We are all talking about de-carbonizing the economy. But is this true? Carbon-based compounds, such as polymers are at the heart of our daily life. Thus, we rather have to talk about de-fossilizing the economy.


Together with changing our economy to renewable energies, I see carbon, the topic of this article at the center of the forthcoming industrial change and hope this article supports people in thinking about a science-based choice of the best pathways for creating a long-term sustainable economy.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Ernst Müller
Ruhr-Universitat Bochum

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This page is a summary of: Evaluating the carbon inventory, carbon fluxes and carbon cycles for a long-term sustainable world, Green Chemistry, January 2019, Royal Society of Chemistry, DOI: 10.1039/c9gc00528e.
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