Current Climate Impact of Heating From Energy Usage
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 89, Issue 51, pages 530–531, 16 December 2008
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2008), Current Climate Impact of Heating From Energy Usage, Eos Trans. AGU, 89(51), 530–531, doi:10.1029/2008EO510005.(
- Issue published online: 3 JUN 2011
- Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
Present-day waste heat production as a result of energy use is a climate forcing that has not drawn much attention, although Chaisson  recently discussed its potential future climate impact. Current global primary energy consumption amounts to 15.5 tera watts (U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) base year 2005; see Table 1). The global average primary energy consumption (0.03 watts per square meter) is relatively small compared with other anthropogenic radiative forcings, as summarized in the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change  report. Nevertheless, despite its relatively small magnitude, waste heat may have a considerable impact on local surface temperature measurements, as outlined below.