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Open discussion of negative emissions is urgently needed

Although nearly all 2 °C scenarios use negative CO2 emission technologies, only relatively small investments are being made in them, and concerns are being raised regarding their large-scale use. If no explicit policy decisions are taken soon, however, their use will simply be forced on us to meet the Paris climate targets.

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Fig. 1: Greenhouse gas emissions and energy system implications under baseline and 2 °C scenarios with and without net negative CO2 emissions.


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van Vuuren, D.P., Hof, A.F., van Sluisveld, M.A. et al. Open discussion of negative emissions is urgently needed. Nat Energy 2, 902–904 (2017).

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