America's Climate Choices: Limiting the Magnitude of Climate Change

Limiting the Magnitude of Climate Change focuses on climate change mitigation goals, opportunities, and policies, and recommends the U.S. climate policy goal be stated in terms of a budget for cumulative greenhouse gas emissions over the period 2012 to 2050. The report suggests the revenues created by tax receipts or allowance sales from carbon pricing could be used to fund climate adaptation efforts.

The report concludes that a carbon pricing system is the most important step for providing needed incentives to reduce emissions. It also concludes there is a need for complementary policies, including those aimed at ensuring rapid progress to: increase energy efficiency; accelerate the development of renewable energy sources; advance full-scale demonstration of nuclear power and carbon capture and storage systems; and retrofit or replace existing emissions-intensive energy infrastructure.

Prepared by the National Research Council's Panel on Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change, this report is one in a series of five studies requested by Congress, known as America’s Climate Choices. Other reports in this series include Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change, and A Conversation on America’s Climate Choices. These reports can be viewed online, through a free PDF download, or through a paperback order. 




Publication Date: 2010

Related Organizations:

  • The National Academies
  • America's Climate Choices


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