Ethical Choices and Global Greenhouse Warming [NOOK Book]

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There are many things we can choose to do about climate change, including doing nothing at all. All of them have consequences, many of which will be unforeseen. If we could foretell more accurately what would happen to the climate in the future, our choices might be clearer, if not necessarily easier to make. Unfortunately, predicting future climate change is fraught with uncertainty, and we will be forced to make choices in the face of that uncertainty. To what extent are we motivated in this difficult process ...
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Overview

There are many things we can choose to do about climate change, including doing nothing at all. All of them have consequences, many of which will be unforeseen. If we could foretell more accurately what would happen to the climate in the future, our choices might be clearer, if not necessarily easier to make. Unfortunately, predicting future climate change is fraught with uncertainty, and we will be forced to make choices in the face of that uncertainty. To what extent are we motivated in this difficult process by a desire to do the "right thing"? And how do we decide what is the right thing to do? The answer to these questions depends on whose ethical interests are considered. What is best for a Canadian living in the last decade of the twentieth century - even supposing we could discover what that is - might not be best for a Somali, or for our great-grandchildren, or for the rain forest of the Amazon, or the kangaroos of Australia. Decisions about what to do about global warming will therefore be influenced by how much relative weight we give to the ethical interests of Canadians, Somalis, grandchildren, rain forests, kangaroos and a host of other variables. Weighting these competing interests is an exercise in applied ethics. This book examines the role that ethics can and should play in our decisions about how to deal with global warming.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554586714
  • Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
  • Publication date: 10/30/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 88
  • File size: 211 KB

Meet the Author

Lyndia Dotto, science writer and author of Planet Earth in Jeopardy, was invited to attend the conference and write a stimulating book presenting the synthesis of knowledge resulting from the papers and seminar discussions.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgement
Author's Note
Summary of Findings and Conclusions 1
An Overview 7
Sect. 1 Ethics and Climate Change
I The Nature of the Climate Challenge 17
II Ethics and the Environment 22
III The Role of Religion 31
Sect. 2 Ethical Responsibilities
I Governmental and International Responsibility 40
II Corporate Responsibility 44
III Personal Responsibility 51
Sect. 3 Meeting the Challenge of Climate Change
I Economic Mechanisms 59
II Energy Efficiency 66
Conclusion 69
Reading List 71
Index 73
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