World Ethics and Climate Change: From International to Global Justice

World Ethics and Climate Change: From International to Global Justice

by Paul G. Harris




More than two decades of international negotiations have failed to stem emissions of greenhouse gases that are causing global warming and climate change. This book identifies a way to escape this ongoing tragedy of the atmospheric commons. It takes a fresh approach to the ethics and practice of international environmental justice and proposes fundamental adjustments to the climate change regime, in the process drawing support from cosmopolitan ethics and global conceptions of justice. The author argues for 'cosmopolitan diplomacy', which sees people, rather than states alone, as the causes of climate change and the bearers of related rights, duties and obligations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780748639106
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication date: 01/27/2010
Series: Edinburgh Studies in World Ethics Series
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Paul G. Harris is Chair Professor of Global and Environmental Studies at the Hong Kong Institute of Education

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction 1

Part 1 the Challenge

1 Global Climate Change 17

2 Justice in a Changing world 29

Part II International Justice

3 International Environmental Justice 53

4 International Justice and climate change 74

Part III Global Justice

5 Cosmopolitan Ethics and Justice 99

6 Affluence, Consumption and Atmospheric Pollution 121

7 Cosmopolitan Diplomacy and Climate Policy 156

8 the Unavoidability of Global Justice 182

Reference 195

Index 210

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