Why setting a climate deadline is dangerous

The publication of the IPCC Special Report on global warming of 1.5 oC paved the way for the rise of the political rhetoric of setting a fixed deadline for decisive actions on climate change. However, the dangers of such deadline rhetoric suggest the need for the IPCC to take responsibility for its report and openly challenge the credibility of such a deadline.

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Acknowledgements

S.A. acknowledges the support of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Grants-in-Aid for JSPS Research Fellow (17J02207). W.P. acknowledges the support of the Economic and Social Research Council Future Leaders Research programme, “Making Climate Social” project (ES/N002016/1)

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Asayama, S., Bellamy, R., Geden, O. et al. Why setting a climate deadline is dangerous. Nat. Clim. Chang. 9, 570–572 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-019-0543-4

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