Negotiating to Avoid "Gradual" versus "Dangerous" Climate Change: An Experimental Test of Two Prisoners' Dilemma
According to the Framework Convention on Climate Change, global collective action is needed to stabilize â€œgreenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous [our emphasis] anthropogenic interference with the climate system.â€ The Framework Convention thus implies that, on the far side of some critical concentration level, climate change will be â€œdangerous,â€ while on the near side of the threshold, climate change will be â€œsafeâ€ (though perhaps still undesirable). Rather than be linear and smooth, the Framework Convention warns that climate change may be â€œabrupt and catastrophic.â€
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