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Pathways to climate stabilisation

Authors
Journal
Energy Policy
0301-4215
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
36
Issue
9
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2008.05.028
Keywords
  • Climate Policy
  • Emissions Scenarios
  • Temperature Stabilisation
Disciplines
  • Political Science

Abstract

Abstract Global climate warming mitigation efforts are more likely to be successful if they are based on per-capita emissions rather than on complex negotiated emission rights. I propose a path to temperature stabilisation optimised for each country and reaching a common per-capita rate of greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the 21st century. Consistent emission pathways for given levels of temperature stabilisation are calculated by use of a simple model that is consistent with the circulation models and data sets surveyed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The allowable emissions are detailed on a regional level and on individual country level. I discuss the merits of this type of approach relative to other policy approaches, as well as some of the objections that may be voiced.

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