Arguing About Climate Change

Arguing About Climate Change

by Marc David Davidson
     
 

Judging the handling of climate risk to future generations by comparison to the general standards of conduct in the case of risk to contemporaries.

Intergenerational justice requires that climate risks to future generations be handled with the same reasonable care deemed acceptable by society in the case of risks to contemporaries. Such general standards of

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Judging the handling of climate risk to future generations by comparison to the general standards of conduct in the case of risk to contemporaries.

Intergenerational justice requires that climate risks to future generations be handled with the same reasonable care deemed acceptable by society in the case of risks to contemporaries. Such general standards of conduct are laid down in tort law, for example.

Consequently, the validity of arguments for or against more stringent climate policy can be judged by comparison to the general standards of conduct applying in the case of risk to contemporaries. That this consistency test is able to disqualify certain arguments in the climate debate is illustrated by a further investigation of the debate on the social discount rate, used in cost-benefit analysis of climate policy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789056295530
Publisher:
Amsterdam University Press
Publication date:
01/15/2009
Series:
UvA Proefschriften Series
Pages:
148
Product dimensions:
0.32(w) x 6.14(h) x 9.21(d)

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