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View Resource Climate Prediction: The Limits of Ocean Models

Oceans play a significant role in the behavior of climate, and of simulated climate models. Models still do not precisely replicate the behavior of oceans, due to the lack of quantifiable data of the complex actions of ocean water. This paper explores some of the weaknesses of current models, and suggests solutions.

View Resource Informing Climate Policy Given Incommensurable Benefits Estimates

Many governments have not taken action on climate change because they can't precisely gauge the harm they will experience from climate change effects, or the benefits gained from climate change policy. This paper discusses possible strategies to create different ways of quantifying these effects that can meet the needs of different national governments around the globe.

View Resource Past and Future Effects of Ozone on Net Primary Production and Carbon Sequestration Using a Global B

Felzer et al. studied how ozone, a toxic gas produced in polluted air, is and will affect the ability of plants to store carbon and keep it from affecting the climate. While the researchers find increasingly negative effects in the future, they also predict that greenhouse gas reductions would also reduce the amount of ozone in the atmosphere, and its damaging effects.

View Resource Absolute vs. Intensity-Based Emission Caps

As governments begin to consider regulation of greenhouse gases, many are turning to market-based initiatives. Such programs assign emitters a certain share of emissions, and allow them to trade for emissions rights in a market. Emission shares can be distributed strictly as a certain amount of carbon, or they can be assigned as a certain amount of pollutant per unit output or input. This...

View Resource A Process-based Analysis of Methane Exchanges Between Alaskan Terrestrial Ecosystems and the Atmosph

Methane is a greenhouse gas that is less abundant than carbon dioxide, but has a much more potent effect. It is also a greenhouse gas that is often present in natural systems. Zhuang et al. used computer modelling to predict trends in the absorption and release of methane in Alaskan soils, taking into account the effects that predicted climate change might have on methane cycling in ecosystems.

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