Living organisms are constantly incorporating this C-14 into their bodies along with other carbon isotopes.When the organisms die, they stop incorporating new C-14, and the old C-14 starts to decay back into N-14 by emitting beta particles.If we extrapolate as far back as ten thousand years ago, we find the atmosphere would not have had any C-14 in it at all.If they are right, this means all C-14 ages greater than two or three thousand years need to be lowered drastically and that the earth can be no older than ten thousand years. Answer: Yes, Cook is right that C-14 is forming today faster than it's decaying.You can't tell this from the notes on the data, but the EIA confirmed to us this was the case.We can determine what the so called 'bunker fuels' are from the data here.But only looking at carbon dioxide emissions doesn't give us the total for all greenhouse gases. So we'll have to wait until the UNFCCC publishes the results of global greenhouse gasses collated data before we can draw any firm conclusions about meeting the Kyoto agreements.
There are two ways of dating wood from bristlecone pines: one can count rings or one can radiocarbon-date the wood.It shows a world where established economies have large - but declining - carbon emissions. This newly-released data is from 2009 - the latest available.On pure emissions alone, the key points are: • China emits more CO2 than the US and Canada put together - up by 171% since the year 2000• The US has had declining CO2 for two years running, the last time the US had declining CO2 for 3 years running was in the 1980s• The UK is down one place to tenth on the list, 8% on the year.A reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions is not only the goal of environmentalists but also of pretty much every government in the world.Currently 192 countries have adopted the Kyoto protocol.When dating wood there is no such problem because wood gets its carbon straight from the air, complete with a full dose of C-14.The creationists who quote Kieth and Anderson never tell you this, however.They have their work cut out for them, however, because radiocarbon (C-14) dating is one of the most reliable of all the radiometric dating methods.This article will answer several of the most common creationist attacks on carbon-14 dating, using the question-answer format that has proved so useful to lecturers and debaters. Answer: Cosmic rays in the upper atmosphere are constantly converting the isotope nitrogen-14 (N-14) into carbon-14 (C-14 or radiocarbon).ICR creationists claim that this discredits C-14 dating. Answer: It does discredit the C-14 dating of freshwater mussels, but that's about all.Kieth and Anderson show considerable evidence that the mussels acquired much of their carbon from the limestone of the waters they lived in and from some very old humus as well.