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Sea-level commitment as a gauge for climate policy

A well-defined relationship between global mean sea-level rise and cumulative carbon emissions can be used to inform policy about emission limits to prevent dangerous and essentially permanent anthropogenic interference with the climate system.

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Fig. 1: GMSL as a function of cumulative carbon emissions.


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M.E. was supported by NSERC (grant no. 2017-03775) and Compute Canada. A.C.M. was supported by NSF grant no. 1418053. A.L. was supported by the German Science Foundation DFG grant no. SPP 1158. J.R. was supported by the Oxford Martin School Visiting Fellowship Programme.

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Clark, P.U., Mix, A.C., Eby, M. et al. Sea-level commitment as a gauge for climate policy. Nature Clim Change 8, 653–655 (2018).

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