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Climate emergencies do not justify engineering the climate

Nature Climate Change volume 5, pages 290292 (2015) | Download Citation

Current climate engineering proposals do not come close to addressing the complex and contested nature of conceivable 'climate emergencies' resulting from unabated greenhouse-gas emissions.

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Acknowledgements

The ground for this Commentary was laid during a session on 'Climate emergency: Science, framing, and politics', which was organized by J.S., F.B. and J.B.H. as part of the Climate Engineering Conference 2014 in Berlin (http://www.ce-conference.org). The authors thank all the speakers for their presentations and discussion. T.M.L. and A.L. were supported by the European Union Seventh Framework programme FP7/2007-2013 under grant agreement no. 603864 (HELIX). T.M.L. is further supported by a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award.

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  1. Center for International Climate and Environmental Research — Oslo, Pb. 1129 Blindern, 0318 Oslo, Norway

    • Jana Sillmann
  2. Earth System Science, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, Laver Building (Level 7), North Parks Road, Exeter EX4 4QE, UK

    • Timothy M. Lenton
  3. Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Telegraphenberg A3, 14473 Potsdam, Germany

    • Anders Levermann
  4. Institute for Physics and Astronomy, Potsdam University, Campus Golm, Haus 28, Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 24/25, 14476 Potsdam-Golm, Germany

    • Anders Levermann
  5. Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Kiel University, Leibnizstrasse 6, 24118 Kiel, Germany

    • Konrad Ott
  6. Department of Geography, King's College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS, UK

    • Mike Hulme
  7. Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Berliner Strasse 130, 14467 Potsdam, Germany

    • François Benduhn
  8. Harvard Kennedy School, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Box 117, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, USA

    • Joshua B. Horton

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