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Policy thresholds in mitigation

Nature Geoscience volume 9, pages 56 (2016) | Download Citation

Some climate change impacts rise fast with little warming, and then taper off. To avoid diminishing incentives to reduce emissions and inadvertently slipping into a lower-welfare world, mitigation policy needs to be ambitious early on.

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  1. Department of Global Ecology, Carnegie Institution for Science, Stanford, California 94305, USA

    • Katharine L. Ricke
    •  & Ken Caldeira
  2. School of Economics, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30332, USA

    • Juan B. Moreno-Cruz
  3. Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, 14473 Potsdam, Germany

    • Jacob Schewe
    •  & Anders Levermann

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