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Climate laws help reduce emissions

Over the last two decades, many countries have passed laws addressing climate change and related areas. Research now shows that these laws make a difference to emission outcomes, but the pathways of impact require further research.

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Dubash, N.K. Climate laws help reduce emissions. Nat. Clim. Chang. 10, 709–710 (2020).

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