The Ethics of Global Climate Change

The Ethics of Global Climate Change

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Global climate change is one of the most daunting ethical and political challenges confronting humanity in the twenty-first century. The intergenerational and transnational ethical issues raised by climate change have been the focus of a significant body of scholarship. In this new collection of essays, leading scholars engage and respond to first-generation scholarship and argue for new ways of thinking about our ethical obligations to present and future generations. Topics addressed in these essays include moral accountability for energy consumption and emissions, egalitarian and libertarian perspectives on mitigation, justice in relation to cap and trade schemes, the ethics of adaptation and the ethical dimensions of the impact of climate change on nature.
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  • Electronic book text | 352 pages
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 16 b/w illus. 3 tables
  • 1139065521
  • 9781139065528

About Denis G. Arnold

Denis G. Arnold is the Jule and Marguerite Surtman Distinguished Professor in Business Ethics at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. He is the author of The Ethics of Global Business (2010) and the editor of Ethics and the Business of Biomedicine (Cambridge University Press, 2009).
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Table of contents

Introduction: climate change and ethics Denis G. Arnold; 1. Energy, ethics and the transformation of nature Dale Jamieson; 2. Is no one responsible for global environmental tragedy? Climate change as challenge in our ethical concepts Stephen Gardiner; 3. Greenhouse gas emission and the domination of posterity John Nolt; 4. Climate change, energy rights and equality Simon Caney; 5. Common atmospheric ownership and equal emissions entitlements Darrel Moellendorf; 6. A Lockean defense of grandfathering emission rights Luc Bovens; 7. Parenting the planet Sarah Krakoff; 8. Living ethically in a greenhouse Robert H. Socolow and Mary R. English; 9. Beyond business as usual: alternative wedges to avoid catastrophic climate change and create sustainable societies Philip Cafaro; 10. Addressing competitiveness in US climate policy Richard D. Morgenstern; 11. Reconciling justice and efficiency: integrating environmental justice into domestic cap-and-trade programs for controlling greenhouse gases Alice Kaswan; 12. Ethical dimensions of adapting to climate change imposed risks W. Neil Adger and Sophie Nicholson-Cole; 13. Does nature matter? The place of the nonhuman in the ethics of climate change Clare Palmer; 14. Human rights, climate change, and the trillionth ton Henry Shue.
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'The Ethics of Global Climate Change is the first collection to engage the full range of ethical issues posed by global climate change. With original, insightful and accessible contributions from many of the best researchers currently working on the ethics of climate change, it clarifies the ethical dimensions of global climate change and highlights the implications of ethical considerations for both public policy and personal action.' Ronald Sandler, Northeastern University 'Featuring both essays that clearly outline key ethical issues in the mainstream of debate (and, moreover, engage crisply with others in the volume), alongside contributions that offer alternative perspectives on persistent and troubling problems, this collection will have undoubted value as an introduction for readers coming anew to the ethics of climate change after Copenhagen.' Christopher Groves, Environmental Ethics
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