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Preparing for a post-net-zero world

Current greenhouse gas emissions will continue to affect the climate even after we reach net-zero emissions. We must understand how and prepare for a cooling planet.

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Fig. 1: The factors that will influence the nature of a post-net-zero climate.

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The Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature dataset (‘Monthly Global Average Temperature (annual summary)’)20 was used to generate the global mean surface temperature series in Fig. 1 and is publicly available here:

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A.D.K. and J.K.S. acknowledge support from the Australian Research Council (DE180100638 and FL160100028, respectively). A.D.K. and T.Z. acknowledge the Australian Government National Environmental Science Program. Z.J.R.N. acknowledges funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme grant 101003536.

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King, A.D., Peel, J., Ziehn, T. et al. Preparing for a post-net-zero world. Nat. Clim. Chang. 12, 775–777 (2022).

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