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Research article
31 Oct 2016
Research article |  | 31 Oct 2016

Collateral transgression of planetary boundaries due to climate engineering by terrestrial carbon dioxide removal

Vera Heck, Jonathan F. Donges, and Wolfgang Lucht


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Short summary
We assess the co-evolutionary dynamics of the Earth's carbon cycle and societal interventions through terrestrial carbon dioxide removal (tCDR) with a conceptual model in a planetary boundary context. The focus on one planetary boundary alone may lead to navigating the Earth system out of the safe operating space due to transgression of other boundaries. The success of tCDR depends on the degree of anticipation of climate change, the potential tCDR rate and the underlying emission pathway.
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