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The IPCC and the politics of anticipation

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In the emerging post-Paris climate governance regime, the role of scientific expertise is radically changing. The IPCC in particular may find itself in a new role, where projections of future climate function as a kind of regulatory science. This poses great challenges to conventional ideals of scientific neutrality.

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This work was funded by the German DFG in the context of the Priority Program Climate Engineering: Risks, Challenges, Opportunities? (SPP 1689), and by the University of Nottingham International Collaboration Fund.

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  1. Silke Beck is at the Department of Environmental Politics, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, UFZ-Leipzig, Permoserstrasse 15, 04318 Leipzig, Germany

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  2. Martin Mahony is at the School of Geography, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK

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