AVOID 1: Emissions pathways to limit climate change

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AVOID 1: Emissions pathways to limit climate change

December 14, 2012
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Global greenhouse gas emissions are rising, but they need to start to fall and reduce to a substantially lower level if we are to limit global temperature rise in this century. This note shows results of a scientific study into how soon emissions need to start falling, how quickly they must then fall, and the level of emissions that can be emitted each year in the long-term. We also consider how much future bio-energy, combined with carbon capture technology — that extracts carbon dioxide from the atmosphere — could help meet temperature targets to the end of the century.