Dangerous climate impacts and the Kyoto Protocol

O'Neill BC & Oppenheimer M (2002). Dangerous climate impacts and the Kyoto Protocol. Science 296 (5575): 1971-1972. DOI:10.1126/science.1071238.

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Abstract

The U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change defines the long-term goal for climate change policy as stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations at a level that avoids "dangerous anthropogenic interference" with the climate system. O'Neill and Oppenheimer propose plausible interpretations of dangerous interference in terms of the potential for severe degradation of coral reef systems, disintegration of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, and shut down of the large-scale, density-driven circulation of the oceans. Taking into account uncertainties in links between emissions, climate change, and impacts, they show that the Kyoto Protocol provides a first step that may be necessary for avoiding dangerous interference.

Item Type: Article
Research Programs: World Population (POP)
Bibliographic Reference: Science; 296(5575):1971-1972 (14 June 2002)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 02:14
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2016 09:19
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/6561

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