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Volume 16, issue 6
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 3761-3812, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-3761-2016
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Research article 22 Mar 2016

Research article | 22 Mar 2016

Ice melt, sea level rise and superstorms: evidence from paleoclimate data, climate modeling, and modern observations that 2 °C global warming could be dangerous

James Hansen et al.
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