NATURE: Debating the bedrock of climate-change mitigation scenarios

Press/Media: Research

Release date: 16/9/2019

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KEVIN ANDERSON: Wrong tool for the job

The Paris agreement on climate change aims to limit the global temperature rise in this century to 1.5–2 °C above pre-industrial levels. Science makes clear that the total quantity of emitted carbon dioxide correlates closely with such a rise1. The problem is that delivering on the 1.5–2 °C commitment demands emissions cuts for wealthy nations of more than 10% each year2,3, far beyond rates typically considered possible in the current economic system. It is in seeming to remedy this impasse that IAMs have an important and dangerous role...

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TitleDebating the bedrock of climate-change mitigation scenarios
Media name/outletNature
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited States
Date16/09/19
DescriptionKEVIN ANDERSON: Wrong tool for the job

The Paris agreement on climate change aims to limit the global temperature rise in this century to 1.5–2 °C above pre-industrial levels. Science makes clear that the total quantity of emitted carbon dioxide correlates closely with such a rise1. The problem is that delivering on the 1.5–2 °C commitment demands emissions cuts for wealthy nations of more than 10% each year2,3, far beyond rates typically considered possible in the current economic system. It is in seeming to remedy this impasse that IAMs have an important and dangerous role...
URLhttps://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-02744-9
PersonsKevin Anderson