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.

Access options

Rent or Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.

from$8.99

All prices are NET prices.

Fig. 1: Shifting benchmarks.

References

  1. 1.

    Millar, R. J. et al. Nat. Geosci. 10, 741–747 (2017).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  2. 2.

    Goodwin, P. et al. Nat. Geosci. 11, 102–107 (2018).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  3. 3.

    Tokarska, T. B. & Gillett, N. P. Nat. Clim. Change 8, 296–299 (2018).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  4. 4.

    Rogelj, J. et al. Nat. Clim. Change 8, 325–332 (2018).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  5. 5.

    Schurer, A. P. et al. Nat. Geosci. 11, 220–221 (2018).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  6. 6.

    Garb, Y., Pulver, S. & VanDeever, S. D. Environ. Res. Lett. 3, 045015 (2008).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  7. 7.

    Allen, M. R. et al. Nature 458, 1163–1166 (2009).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  8. 8.

    Meinshausen, M. et al. Nature 458, 1158–1162 (2009).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  9. 9.

    Zickfeld, K., Eby, M., Mathews, H. D. & Weaver, A. J. Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA 106, 16129–16134 (2009).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  10. 10.

    Geden, O. WIRE Clim. Change 7, 790–797 (2016).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  11. 11.

    Peters, G. P. Nat. Geosci. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41561-018-0142-4 (2018).

  12. 12.

    Brunsson, N. The Organization of Hypocrisy: Talk, Decisions, and Actions in Organizations (Copenhagen Business School Press, Copenhagen, 2002).

    Google Scholar 

  13. 13.

    Millar, R. J., Allen, M. R., Rogelj, J. & Friedlingstein, P. Oxford Rev. Econ. Policy 32, 323–342 (2016).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  14. 14.

    Millar, R. J. et al. Nat. Geosci. 11, 222 (2018).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  15. 15.

    Geden, O. & Löschel, A. Nat. Geosci. 10, 881–882 (2017).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  16. 16.

    Cairney, P. The Politics of Evidence-Based Policy Making (Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2016).

    Google Scholar 

  17. 17.

    Howlett, M. Glob. Environ. Change 29, 395–403 (2014).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  18. 18.

    Geden, O. & Beck, S. Nat. Clim. Change 4, 747–748 (2014).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  19. 19.

    Peters, G. P. Nat. Clim. Change 6, 646–649 (2016).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  20. 20.

    Knopf, B. et al. Glob. Chall. 1, 1600007 (2017).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  21. 21.

    Geden, O. Nat. Geosci. 9, 340–342 (2016).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  22. 22.

    Statement on IPCC Principles and Procedures (IPCC, 2010).

  23. 23.

    The Emissions Gap Report 2013: A UNEP Synthesis Report (UNEP, 2013).

  24. 24.

    The Emissions Gap Report 2015: A UNEP Synthesis Report (UNEP, 2015).

Download references

Acknowledgements

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

Author information

Affiliations

Authors

Corresponding author

Correspondence to Oliver Geden.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this article

Geden, O. Politically informed advice for climate action. Nature Geosci 11, 380–383 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41561-018-0143-3

Download citation

Further reading

Search

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter for a daily update on COVID-19 science.
Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing