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Title:The uncertainty about the total economic impact of climate change PDF Logo
Authors:Tol, Richard S. J.
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:ESRI working paper 382
Abstract:This paper uses a vote-counting procedure to estimate the probability density function of the total economic impact as a parabolic function of global warming. There is a wide range of uncertainty about the impact of climate change up to 3 °C, and the information becomes progressively more diffuse beyond that. Warming greater than 3 °C most likely has net negative impacts, and warming greater than 7 °C may lead to a total welfare loss. The expected value of the social cost of carbon is about $29/tC in 2015 and rises at roughly 2% per year.
Subjects:climate change
economic impact
meta-analysis
social cost of carbon
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:ESRI Working Papers, The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI)

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