Many thanks to Bjorn Stevens, Tim Garret, and Kerry Emanuel for the multiple discussions that led to this paper. Parts of this work were initiated during the Physics of Climate Change Program, held at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, Santa Barbara, in spring 2008. This program was supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) under Grant PHY05-51164. Olivier Pauluis is supported by the NSF under Grant ATM-0545047.
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