The Kyoto Protocol became law in February 2005—eight years after its conception as a framework for reducing emissions and a full four years after the United States abandoned it. But while President George W. Bush embarrassed much of the scientific community by challenging the veracity of the greenhouse effect, and thus the impetus for Kyoto, officials elsewhere expressed far different concerns. Reading the Kyoto Protocol explores their qualms and objections to everything from Kyoto's controversial policies on emissions trading to the question of a "post-Kyoto era." Contributors include internationally known philosophers, researchers, and environmentalists.
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About the Author
Etienne Vermeersch is emeritus professor in ethics at the University of Ghent in Belgium.
Table of Contents
Introduction: A Plea for Rationality
The Kyoto Protocol and its Socio-Ethical Aspects
Kyoto Rise and Shine
Equity in the Greenhouse: How Just is the Kyoto Protocol?
The Responsibilities of the Political Animal During the Anthropocene
Kyoto and the Ethics of Flexibility
Ethics and Sustainability Alternatives to Today's Model of 'Sustainable Development' in Neoconservative Capitalist Driven Economies and Societies