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Sharing a quota on cumulative carbon emissions

Raupach, Michael; Davis, Steven J.; Peters, Glen P.; Andrew, Robbie M; Canadell, Josep G.; Ciais, Philippe; Friedlingstein , P.; Jotzo, Frank; Vuuren, Detlef P. van; Le Quere, C.


Any limit on future global warming is associated with a quota on cumulative global CO2 emissions. We translate this global carbon quota to regional and national scales, on a spectrum of sharing principles that extends from continuation of the present distribution of emissions to an equal per-capita distribution of cumulative emissions. A blend of these endpoints emerges as the most viable option. For a carbon quota consistent with a 2 °C warming limit (relative to pre-industrial levels), the...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Nature Climate Change
DOI: 10.1038/NCLIMATE2384


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