Climate Ethics

Climate Ethics

This collection gathers a set of seminal papers from the emerging area of ethics and climate change.

Author: Stephen Gardiner

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199889709

Category: Nature

Page: 368

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This collection gathers a set of seminal papers from the emerging area of ethics and climate change. Topics covered include human rights, international justice, intergenerational ethics, individual responsibility, climate economics, and the ethics of geoengineering. Climate Ethics is intended to serve as a source book for general reference, and for university courses that include a focus on the human dimensions of climate change. It should be of broad interest to all those concerned with global justice, environmental science and policy, and the future of humanity.
Categories: Nature

Climate Ethics

Climate Ethics

Environmental Justice and Climate Change Joerg Chet Tremmel, Katherine Robinson ... Ethical aspects are not addressed here in depth; rather the (im)practicality of various adaptations required to mitigate climate change and the costs to ...

Author: Joerg Chet Tremmel

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9780857723819

Category: Science

Page: 256

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Climate change is perhaps the most important issue of our time and yet despite the urgency of the problem, the measures necessary to mitigate it have not been implemented. International cooperation has not been forthcoming and there remains a general reluctance towards any major change of lifestyle. Given the urgency of the problem, why has so little been done? In Climate Ethics Joerg Tremmel and Katherine Robinson identify the reasons behind this crucial paradox and propose a way forward. In the first part of the book the authors provide an accessible account of the basics of climate change. In clear and accessible terms they explain the science behind climate change and demystify the complicated terminology that so often hinders a proper understanding of the subject. They identify the substances that cause climate change, reveal which industries are responsible and which aspects of people's everyday lives have the highest emissions connected with them. They explore the consequences of ignoring climate change and, importantly, analyse the obstacles to addressing the issues. In the second part of the book the authors introduce the concept of climate ethics, and explore its importance at a personal, national and international level. They place it firmly at the centre of any successful resolution of the challenges associated with climate change. They review the classical theories of justice and how they relate to climate change, and they examine the complex ethical and moral questions that need to be addressed if long-term solutions are to be found. What moral responsibility do we have to future generations? How should we share out emission rights? Do we take into account past emissions, allowing those who have historically caused more pollution fewer emissions rights than developing countries? Who is to finance the measures to abate climate? And just what is the fairest approach to the politics of climate change on a global scale? The result is an original and timely engagement with one of the most pressing problems facing us and future generations.
Categories: Science

Climate Ethics

Climate Ethics

few moral philosophers have written on climate change.1 This is puzzling, for several reasons. First, many politicians and policy makers claim that climate change is not only the most serious environmental problem currently facing the ...

Author: Stephen Gardiner

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199750580

Category: Nature

Page: 368

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This collection gathers a set of seminal papers from the emerging area of ethics and climate change. Topics covered include human rights, international justice, intergenerational ethics, individual responsibility, climate economics, and the ethics of geoengineering. Climate Ethics is intended to serve as a source book for general reference, and for university courses that include a focus on the human dimensions of climate change. It should be of broad interest to all those concerned with global justice, environmental science and policy, and the future of humanity.
Categories: Nature

Debating Climate Ethics

Debating Climate Ethics

The attempt to isolate ethics is also prejudicial. No other discipline is forced to work alone. Moreover, isolationist “climate ethics” is a straw man. No philosopher argues that climate science (for example) is irrelevant to climate ...

Author: Stephen M. Gardiner

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199996490

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

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In this volume, Stephen M. Gardiner and David A. Weisbach present arguments for and against the relevance of ethics to global climate policy. Gardiner argues that climate change is fundamentally an ethical issue, since it is an early instance of a distinctive challenge to ethical action (the perfect moral storm), and ethical concerns (such as with justice, rights, political legitimacy, community and humanity's relationship to nature) are at the heart of many of the decisions that need to be made. Consequently, climate policy that ignores ethics is at risk of "solving" the wrong problem, perhaps even to the extreme of endorsing forms of climate extortion. This is especially true of policy based on narrow forms of economic self-interest. By contrast, Weisbach argues that existing ethical theories are not well suited to addressing climate change. As applied to climate change, existing ethical theories suffer from internal logical problems and suggest infeasible strategies. Rather than following failed theories or waiting indefinitely for new and better ones, Weisbach argues that central motivation for climate policy is straightforward: it is in their common interest for people and nations to agree to policies that dramatically reduce emissions to prevent terrible harms.
Categories: Philosophy

Climate Change Ethics

Climate Change Ethics

Brown, D. (20070) 'The Stern report acknowledges certain potential ethical issues created by standard economic analyses of climate change policies', Climate Ethics, available at: <http://www.climateethics.org/?p:l4> (accessed 2 March ...

Author: Donald A. Brown

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136243653

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

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Climate change is now the biggest challenge faced by humanity worldwide and ethics is the crucial missing component in the debate about what to do about this enormous threat. This book examines why thirty-five years of discussion of human-induced warming has failed to acknowledge fundamental ethical concerns, and subjects climate change’s most important policy questions to ethical analysis. This book examines why ethical principles have failed to gain traction in policy formation and recommends specific strategies to ensure that climate change policies are consistent with ethical principles. Because climate change is a global problem that requires a global solution and given that many nations refuse participation due to perceived inequities in proposed international solutions, this book explains why ensuring that nations, sub-national governments, organizations, businesses and individuals acknowledge and respond to their ethical obligations is both an ethical and practical mandate. This book is the first of its kind to go beyond a mere account of relevant ethical questions to offer a pragmatic guide on how to make ethical principles influential in formulating the world’s response to climate change. Written by Donald A. Brown, a leading voice in the field, it should be of interest to policy makers, and those studying environmental policy, climate change policy, international relations, environmental ethics and philosophy.
Categories: Business & Economics

Climate Change Ethics and the Non Human World

Climate Change Ethics and the Non Human World

To this end, this chapter will first address the problem of anthropocentrism and an anthropocentric and speciesist bias in climate ethics. Second, animal ethics will be considered as a tool to contributing to developing a less ...

Author: Brian G. Henning

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000026597

Category: Science

Page: 214

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This book examines from different perspectives the moral significance of non-human members of the biotic community and their omission from climate ethics literature. The complexity of life in an age of rapid climate change demands the development of moral frameworks that recognize and respect the dignity and agency of both human and non-human organisms. Despite decades of careful work in non-anthropocentric approaches to environmental ethics, recent anthologies on climate ethics have largely omitted non-anthropocentric approaches. This multidisciplinary volume of international scholars tackles this lacuna by presenting novel work on non-anthropocentric approaches to climate ethics. Written in an accessible style, the text incorporates sentiocentric, biocentric, and ecocentric perspectives on climate change. With diverse perspectives from both leading and emerging scholars of environmental ethics, geography, religious studies, conservation ecology, and environmental studies, this book will offer a valuable reading for students and scholars of these fields.
Categories: Science

Ethics and climate change

Ethics and climate change

... D. (2002) American Heat: Ethical Problems with the United States' Response to Global Warming, Roman and Littlefield, Latham, Maryland Brown, D. (2007–2014) Ethics and Climate blog, http://blogs.law.widener.edu/climate/, ...

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Publisher: IUCN

ISBN: 9782831717098

Category: Law

Page: 170

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Climate change is the most significant moral and environmental issue of our time. This project seeks to help deepen explicit ethical reflection around the world on national responses to climate change by developing a publicly available record on national compliance with ethical obligations for climate change similar to the reports that are now available on national compliance with human rights obligations.
Categories: Law

Global Ethics on Climate Change

Global Ethics on Climate Change

The fourth essay, byBruce Janz, isan inquiry intothe normative potential of Japanese thought foraglobal climate ethics. Thefocus of inquiry isthe workof the first philosopher of climate,Tetsuro Watsuji (1886– 1960).

Author: Martin Schonfeld

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317967330

Category: Political Science

Page: 132

View: 868

The volatility of climate change is increasing. It is bad news, and many climatologists, policy analysts and environmental groups regard the West as the largest contributor to the problems caused by climate change. This book raises questions concerning the systemic and cultural reasons for Western countries’ unwillingness to bear full responsibility for their carbon emissions. Is the Western paradigm failing? Can other cultures offer solutions? Are there alternatives for designing a better future? Just as the roots of the problem of climate change are cultural, the solution must be too. The contributors to Global Ethics on Climate Change explore cultural alternatives. This differs from conventional climate ethics, which tends to address the crisis with utilitarian, legalistic, and analytic tools. The authors in this volume doubt whether such paradigm patches will work. It may be time to think outside the box and consider non-Western insights about the good life, indigenous wisdom on being-in-the-world, and new ideas for civil evolution. This book is an examination of candidates for a Plan B. This book was published as a special issue of the Journal of Global Ethics.
Categories: Political Science

Climate Change Ethics

Climate Change Ethics

This book provides an important new perspective on the debate over climate change ethics in light of a thirty-five year history of national and international debates about climate change policies.

Author: Donald A. Brown

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780415625715

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 271

View: 833

Climate change is now the biggest challenge faced by humanity worldwide and ethics is the crucial missing component in the debate about what to do about this enormous threat. This book examines why thirty-five years of discussion of human-induced warming has failed to acknowledge fundamental ethical concerns, and subjects climate change’s most important policy questions to ethical analysis. This book examines why ethical principles have failed to gain traction in policy formation and recommends specific strategies to ensure that climate change policies are consistent with ethical principles. Because climate change is a global problem that requires a global solution and given that many nations refuse participation due to perceived inequities in proposed international solutions, this book explains why ensuring that nations, sub-national governments, organizations, businesses and individuals acknowledge and respond to their ethical obligations is both an ethical and practical mandate. This book is the first of its kind to go beyond a mere account of relevant ethical questions to offer a pragmatic guide on how to make ethical principles influential in formulating the world’s response to climate change. Written by Donald A. Brown, a leading voice in the field, it should be of interest to policy makers, and those studying environmental policy, climate change policy, international relations, environmental ethics and philosophy.
Categories: Business & Economics

The Ethics of Climate Change

The Ethics of Climate Change

The Ethics of Climate Change: An Introduction systematically and comprehensively examines the ethical issues surrounding arguably the greatest threat now facing humanity.

Author: Byron Williston

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429895845

Category: Philosophy

Page: 192

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The Ethics of Climate Change: An Introduction systematically and comprehensively examines the ethical issues surrounding arguably the greatest threat now facing humanity. Williston addresses important questions such as: Has humanity entered the Anthropocene? Is climate change primarily an ethical issue? Does climate change represent a moral wrong? What are the impacts of climate change? What are the main causes of political inaction? What is the argument for climate change denial? What are intragenerational justice and intergenerational justice? To what extent is climate change an economic problem? Is geoengineering an ethically appropriate response to climate change? Featuring case studies throughout, this textbook provides a philosophical introduction to an immensely topical issue studied by students within the fields of applied ethics, global justice, sustainability, geography, and politics.
Categories: Philosophy