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Assessing “Dangerous Climate Change”: Required Reduction of Carbon Emissions to Protect Young People, Future Generations and Nature

Overview of attention for article published in PLoS ONE, December 2013
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Title
Assessing “Dangerous Climate Change”: Required Reduction of Carbon Emissions to Protect Young People, Future Generations and Nature
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PLoS ONE, December 2013
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0081648
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Authors

James Hansen, Pushker Kharecha, Makiko Sato, Valerie Masson-Delmotte, Frank Ackerman, David J. Beerling, Paul J. Hearty, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Shi-Ling Hsu, Camille Parmesan, Johan Rockstrom, Eelco J. Rohling, Jeffrey Sachs, Pete Smith, Konrad Steffen, Lise Van Susteren, Karina von Schuckmann, James C. Zachos

Abstract

We assess climate impacts of global warming using ongoing observations and paleoclimate data. We use Earth's measured energy imbalance, paleoclimate data, and simple representations of the global carbon cycle and temperature to define emission reductions needed to stabilize climate and avoid potentially disastrous impacts on today's young people, future generations, and nature. A cumulative industrial-era limit of ∼500 GtC fossil fuel emissions and 100 GtC storage in the biosphere and soil would keep climate close to the Holocene range to which humanity and other species are adapted. Cumulative emissions of ∼1000 GtC, sometimes associated with 2°C global warming, would spur "slow" feedbacks and eventual warming of 3-4°C with disastrous consequences. Rapid emissions reduction is required to restore Earth's energy balance and avoid ocean heat uptake that would practically guarantee irreversible effects. Continuation of high fossil fuel emissions, given current knowledge of the consequences, would be an act of extraordinary witting intergenerational injustice. Responsible policymaking requires a rising price on carbon emissions that would preclude emissions from most remaining coal and unconventional fossil fuels and phase down emissions from conventional fossil fuels.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 14 2%
United Kingdom 13 2%
Germany 4 <1%
Italy 4 <1%
South Africa 3 <1%
Brazil 3 <1%
France 3 <1%
Latvia 2 <1%
Denmark 2 <1%
Other 26 4%
Unknown 555 88%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 139 22%
Student > Master 123 20%
Student > Ph. D. Student 115 18%
Student > Bachelor 65 10%
Other 43 7%
Other 144 23%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Environmental Science 158 25%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 122 19%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 86 14%
Unspecified 45 7%
Engineering 42 7%
Other 176 28%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 1026. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 12 February 2019.
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#3,093
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Outputs from PLoS ONE
#64
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#57
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Outputs of similar age from PLoS ONE
#6
of 7,390 outputs
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