Managing climate risk

Obersteiner M, Azar C, Kauppi P, Moellersten K, Moreira JR, Nilsson S, Read P, Riahi K, et al. (2001). Managing climate risk. Science 294 (5543): 786-787. DOI:10.1126/science.294.5543.786b.

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Abstract

Stabilization of atmospheric greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations at a safe level is a paradigm that the scientific and policy communities have widely adopted for addressing the problem of climate change. However, aiming to stabilize concentrations at a single target level might not be a robust strategy, given that the environment is extremely uncertain. The static stabilization paradigm is based primarily on two assumptions: (i), that a safe level of GHG concentrations exists and can be sustained, and (ii) that such a level can be determined ex ante.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) calls for stabilization of GHGs at a safe level, and it also prescribes precautionary measures to anticipate, prevent, or minimize the causes of climate change and mitigate their adverse effects....

Item Type: Article
Research Programs: Forestry (FOR)
Environmentally Compatible Energy Strategies (ECS)
Energy (ENE)
Transitions to New Technologies (TNT)
Bibliographic Reference: Science; 294(5543):786-787 (26 October 2001)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 02:13
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2016 09:19
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/6303

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