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Urgent need for post-growth climate mitigation scenarios

Established climate mitigation scenarios assume continued economic growth in all countries, and reconcile this with the Paris targets by betting on speculative technological change. Post-growth approaches may make it easier to achieve rapid mitigation while improving social outcomes, and should be explored by climate modellers.

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G.K. and A.S. acknowledge the financial support of the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, through the ‘Maria de Maeztu’ programme for Units of Excellence (CEX2019-000940-M). P.B.’s time was funded by the UK Research and Innovation Council, supported under EPSRC Fellowship award EP/R024254/1.

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Hickel, J., Brockway, P., Kallis, G. et al. Urgent need for post-growth climate mitigation scenarios. Nat Energy 6, 766–768 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41560-021-00884-9

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