Prof Richard Tol predicts the downsides of warming will outweigh the advantages with a global warming of 1.1C – which has nearly been reached already.
Prof Tol is regarded by many campaigners as a climate “sceptic”.
Asked whether societies were at the point where the benefits start to be outweighed by consequences, he replied: “Yes. In academic circles, this is actually an uncontroversial finding.”
But it is controversial for climate contrarians, who often cite Professor Tol’s work to suggest that we shouldn’t worry about warming.
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