FIGURE 3 Relative contributions of human activities to greenhouse warming, late 1980s. Source: National Research Council (1992).

In planning the workshop, the committee and the working group considered organizing it around carbon cycle issues as they might be seen by social and behavioral scientists. A workshop organized in this way might have helped increase interest in carbon cycle research among social scientists by showing the relevance to the carbon cycle of existing bodies of research on (a) human activities that affect the carbon cycle (e.g., on energy modeling; on the underlying causes of fossil fuel consumption, agricultural intensification, and other major carbon-related human activities; and on the diffusion of technology in agriculture and energy production) and on (b) human activities that respond to the carbon cycle (e.g., on the creation and maintenance of environmental management regimes; on integrated

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