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The climate policy narrative for a dangerously warming world

It is time to acknowledge that global average temperatures are likely to rise above the 2 °C policy target and consider how that deeply troubling prospect should affect priorities for communicating and managing the risks of a dangerously warming climate.

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Figure 1: Observed and projected trends in global CO2 emissions under four RCP scenarios.


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We thank P. Baer, E. Diringer, B. Ekwurzel, M. Fitzpatrick, N. Mabey, M. Mastrandrea, J. McCarthy and B. Preston for comments and discussions.

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Sanford, T., Frumhoff, P., Luers, A. et al. The climate policy narrative for a dangerously warming world. Nature Clim Change 4, 164–166 (2014).

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