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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From the Publisher
"The fifteen selections in this Arnold anthology on climate change (CC) have much to recommend them.... This book presents the best of CC ethical scholarship...."
—Kristin Shrader-Frechette, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

"An excellent resource for upper-level students and professionals in environmental ethics and, one would hope, for people advising political leaders.... Recommended...."
—M. LaBar, emeritus, Southern Wesleyan University, CHOICE

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781107000698
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/31/2011
  • Pages: 354
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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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