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Delays in US mitigation could rule out Paris targets

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Political upsets could stall coordinated international mitigation action, but emissions and investments over the next few years will have long-term consequences. Any delays to mitigation or cuts to renewable energy research by the US will likely render the 2 °C target unachievable if a global precedent is set.

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Figure 1: Delayed-action emissions pathways and their consequences for global temperatures.

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    In a previous online version of the Commentary 'Delays in US mitigation could rule out Paris targets' the surname of the first author in ref. 1 was misspelt. This has been corrected in all versions of the Commentary.


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Sanderson, B., Knutti, R. Delays in US mitigation could rule out Paris targets. Nature Clim Change 7, 92–94 (2017).

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