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Four agendas for research and policy on emissions mitigation and well-being

  • J. Timmons Roberts (a1), Julia K. Steinberger (a2), Thomas Dietz (a3), William F. Lamb (a4), Richard York (a5), Andrew K. Jorgenson (a6), Jennifer E. Givens (a7), Paul Baer and Juliet B. Schor (a8)...

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The climate crisis requires nations to achieve human well-being with low national levels of carbon emissions. Countries vary from one another dramatically in how effectively they convert resources into well-being, and some nations with low levels of emissions have relatively high objective and subjective well-being. We identify urgent research and policy agendas for four groups of countries with either low or high emissions and well-being indicators. Least studied are those with low well-being and high emissions. Understanding social and political barriers to switching from high-carbon to lower-carbon modes of production and consumption, and ways to overcome them, will be fundamental.

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Author for correspondence: J. Timmons Roberts, E-mail: timmons@brown.edu.

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Four agendas for research and policy on emissions mitigation and well-being

  • J. Timmons Roberts (a1), Julia K. Steinberger (a2), Thomas Dietz (a3), William F. Lamb (a4), Richard York (a5), Andrew K. Jorgenson (a6), Jennifer E. Givens (a7), Paul Baer and Juliet B. Schor (a8)...

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