Estimating Carbon Budgets for Ambitious Climate Targets

@article{Matthews2017EstimatingCB,
  title={Estimating Carbon Budgets for Ambitious Climate Targets},
  author={H. Matthews and J. Landry and Antti-Ilari Partanen and M. Allen and M. Eby and P. Forster and P. Friedlingstein and K. Zickfeld},
  journal={Current Climate Change Reports},
  year={2017},
  volume={3},
  pages={69-77}
}
Carbon budgets, which define the total allowable CO2 emissions associated with a given global climate target, are a useful way of framing the climate mitigation challenge. In this paper, we review the geophysical basis for the idea of a carbon budget, showing how this concept emerges from a linear climate response to cumulative CO2 emissions. We then discuss the difference between a “CO2-only carbon budget” associated with a given level of CO2-induced warming and an “effective carbon budget… Expand
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