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Politically informed advice for climate action

Upward estimates for carbon budgets are unlikely to lead to action-focused climate policy. Climate researchers need to understand processes and incentives in policymaking and politics to communicate effectively.

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Acknowledgements

The author would like to thank F. Schenuit for his support in tracing benchmark shifts in UNEP Emissions Gap Reports 2010–2017.

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Correspondence to Oliver Geden.

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Fig. 1: Shifting benchmarks.