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Why the right climate target was agreed in Paris

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The Paris Agreement duly reflects the latest scientific understanding of systemic global warming risks. Limiting the anthropogenic temperature anomaly to 1.5–2 °C is possible, yet requires transformational change across the board of modernity.

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Figure 1: Tipping elements in context of the global mean temperature evolution.
Figure 2: Likelihood of exceeding the 1.5 °C and 2 °C global warming limits.
Figure 3: Beginning of induced implosion? The installed capacity of solar and wind power generation has grown at rates far exceeding expectations.

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The authors thank Ottmar Edenhofer, Katja Frieler, Robert Gieseke, Jonathan Koomey and Gunnar Luderer for their helpful comments and valuable hints.

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