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Development incentives for fossil fuel subsidy reform

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Reforming fossil fuel subsidies could free up enough funds to finance universal access to water, sanitation, and electricity in many countries, as well as helping to cut global greenhouse-gas emissions.

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    In the Commentary 'Development incentives for fossil fuel subsidy reform' (Nature Clim. Change 5, 709–712; 2015), in the Acknowledgements, J. Steckel's surname was incorrectly spelled. This has been corrected in the HTML and PDF versions after print 6 August 2015.

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Acknowledgements

We thank S. Pachauri, N.D. Rao and J. Steckel for helpful comments and suggestions.

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  1. Michael Jakob, Claudine Chen, Sabine Fuss, Annika Marxen and Ottmar Edenhofer are at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change, Torgauer Straße 12–15, 10829 Berlin, Germany

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    • , Claudine Chen
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  2. A.M. and O.E. are also at Technical University Berlin, Straße des 17. Juni 152, 10623 Berlin, Germany

    • Annika Marxen
    •  & Ottmar Edenhofer
  3. M.J. and O.E are also at Potsdam Institute for Climate Change Impact Research, Telegrafenberg 31, 14473 Potsdam, Germany

    • Michael Jakob
    •  & Ottmar Edenhofer

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