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Because most countries, institutions, companies and individuals will continue to generate greenhouse gas emissions through their activities even as the world decarbonises, many compensate for these ‘residual’ emissions by purchasing carbon credits – commonly known as ‘offsetting’ emissions. Read more

The authors of this comment respond to a recent argument put forward by Lemoine and Rudik (2017), that it is efficient to delay reducing carbon emissions because there is substantial inertia in the climate system. Mattauch et al. show that there is no such inertia, which means there is no lag between carbon emissions and warming. Read more

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