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Unburnable fossil-fuel reserves

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How much more of Earth's fossil fuels can we extract and burn in the short- to medium-term future and still avoid severe global warming? A model provides the answer, and shows where these 'unburnable' reserves are. See Letter p.187

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Figure 1: Fossil-fuel resources exceed atmospheric disposal space for carbon emissions.

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Jakob, M., Hilaire, J. Unburnable fossil-fuel reserves. Nature 517, 150–151 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1038/517150a

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