Reading the Kyoto Protocol: Ethical Aspects of the Convention on Climate Change

Reading the Kyoto Protocol: Ethical Aspects of the Convention on Climate Change




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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789059720640
Publisher: Eburon Publishers
Publication date: 12/15/2005
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

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
Etienne Vermeersch
The Kyoto Protocol and its Socio-Ethical Aspects
Raoul Weiler
Kyoto Rise and Shine
Florentin Krause
Equity in the Greenhouse:  How Just is the Kyoto Protocol?
Wolfgang Sachs
The Responsibilities of the Political Animal During the Anthropocene
Hub Zwart
Kyoto and the Ethics of Flexibility
Jozef Keulartz
Ethics and Sustainability  Alternatives to Today's Model of 'Sustainable Development' in Neoconservative Capitalist Driven Economies and Societies
Riccardo Petrella

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