Climate Matters: Ethics in a Warming World

Climate Matters: Ethics in a Warming World

by John Broome


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A vital new moral perspective on the climate change debate.

Esteemed philosopher John Broome avoids the familiar ideological stances on climate change policy and examines the issue through an invigorating new lens. As he considers the moral dimensions of climate change, he reasons clearly through what universal standards of goodness and justice require of us, both as citizens and as governments. His conclusions—some as demanding as they are logical—will challenge and enlighten. Eco-conscious readers may be surprised to hear they have a duty to offset all their carbon emissions, while policy makers will grapple with Broome’s analysis of what if anything is owed to future generations. From the science of greenhouse gases to the intricate logic of cap and trade, Broome reveals how the principles that underlie everyday decision making also provide simple and effective ideas for confronting climate change. Climate Matters is an essential contribution to one of the paramount issues of our time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393063363
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 07/23/2012
Series: Norton Global Ethics Series
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 971,003
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

John Broome is the White's Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Oxford. He is also the lead author on Working Group III of the UN's International Panel on Climate Change.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction 1

Chapter 2 Science 16

Chapter 3 Economics 37

Chapter 4 Justice and Fairness 49

Chapter 5 Private Morality 73

Chapter 6 Goodness 97

Chapter 7 Uncertainty 117

Chapter 8 The Future versus the Present 133

Chapter 9 Lives 156

Chapter 10 Population 169

Chapter 11 Summary 187

Notes 193

Acknowledgments 199

Index 201

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