Rapid species responses to changes in climate require stringent climate protection targets

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The Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change book consolidates the scientific findings of the Exeter conference and gives an account of the most recent developments on critical thresholds and key vulnerabilities of the climate system, impacts on human and natural systems, emission pathways and technological options of meeting different stabilisation levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. The book focuses on three crucial questions: 1) For different levels of climate change what are the key impacts, for different regions and sectors, and for the world as a whole? 2) What would such levels of climate change imply in terms of greenhouse gas stabilisation concentrations and emission pathways required to achieve such levels? 3) What technological options are there for achieving stabilisation of greenhouse gases at different stabilisation concentrations in the atmosphere, taking into account costs and uncertainties?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAvoiding dangerous climate change
EditorsH.J. Schellnhuber, W. Cramer, N. Nakícénovic, T. Wigley, G. Yohe
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISBN (Print)9780521864718
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • climatic change
  • greenhouse effect
  • global warming
  • air pollution
  • greenhouse gases


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