Articles | Volume 13, issue 2
Earth Syst. Dynam., 13, 1021–1028, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-13-1021-2022
Earth Syst. Dynam., 13, 1021–1028, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-13-1021-2022
Research article
15 Jun 2022
Research article | 15 Jun 2022

Lotka's wheel and the long arm of history: how does the distant past determine today's global rate of energy consumption?

Timothy J. Garrett et al.

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Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • EC1: 'Reviewer 1 report esd-2021-21', James Dyke, 17 May 2021
    • CC2: 'Reply on EC1', Richard Rosen, 24 May 2021
  • CC1: 'Comment on esd-2021-21', Richard Rosen, 23 May 2021
  • AC1: 'Response to Richard Rosen', Timothy Garrett, 01 Jun 2021
  • AC2: 'Response to Reviewer 1', Timothy Garrett, 01 Jun 2021
  • RC1: 'Comment on esd-2021-21', Peter Haff, 08 Jun 2021
    • CC3: 'Reply on RC1', Richard Rosen, 08 Jun 2021
      • AC3: 'Reply on CC3', Timothy Garrett, 11 Jun 2021
    • AC4: 'Reply on RC1', Timothy Garrett, 22 Jun 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (22 Jul 2021) by James Dyke
AR by Timothy Garrett on behalf of the Authors (06 Aug 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (27 Aug 2021) by James Dyke
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (31 Aug 2021)
RR by Peter Haff (07 Sep 2021)
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (24 Oct 2021) by James Dyke
AR by Timothy Garrett on behalf of the Authors (18 Nov 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (22 Nov 2021) by James Dyke
RR by Peter Haff (12 Dec 2021)
RR by Carsten Herrmann-Pillath (03 Feb 2022)
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (22 Feb 2022) by James Dyke
AR by Timothy Garrett on behalf of the Authors (25 Mar 2022)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (05 Apr 2022) by James Dyke
RR by Carsten Herrmann-Pillath (10 Apr 2022)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (03 May 2022) by James Dyke
AR by Timothy Garrett on behalf of the Authors (12 May 2022)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (13 May 2022) by James Dyke
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Short summary
Current world economic production is rising relative to energy consumption. This increase in production efficiency suggests that carbon dioxide emissions can be decoupled from economic activity through technological change. We show instead a nearly fixed relationship between energy consumption and a new economic quantity, historically cumulative economic production. The strong link to the past implies inertia may play a more dominant role in societal evolution than is generally assumed.
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