[ RadSafe ] Impact of fossil fuel emissions on atmospheric radiocarbon and various applications of radiocarbon over this century

Cary Renquist cary.renquist at ezag.com
Wed Jul 22 12:02:38 CDT 2015

Over the next century, fossil fuel emissions will produce a large amount of CO2 with no 14C because fossil fuels have lost all 14C over millions of years of radioactive decay. Atmospheric CO2, and therefore newly produced organic material, will appear as though it has "aged," or lost 14C by decay. By 2050, fresh organic material could have the same 14C/C ratio as samples from 1050, and thus be indistinguishable by radiocarbon dating. Some current applications for 14C may cease to be viable, and other applications will be strongly affected.


Can download article pdf and supporting information pdf here: (probably for a limited, pre-publication, period)

Cary.renquist at ezag.com

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