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Climate Change Ethics


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Part 1: Introduction 1. Introduction: Navigating The Perfect Moral Storm in Light of a Thirty-Five Year Debate 2. Thirty-Five Year Climate Change Policy Debate Part 2: Priority Ethical Issues 3. Ethical Problems with Cost Arguments 4. Ethics and Scientific Uncertainty Arguments 5. Atmospheric Targets 6. Allocating National Emissions Targets 7. Climate Change Damages and Adaptation Costs 8. Obligations of Sub-national Governments, Organizations, Businesses, and Individuals 9. Independent Responsibility to Act Part 3: The Crucial Role of Ethics in Climate Change Policy Making 10. Why Has Ethics Failed to Achieve Traction? 11. Conclusion - Navigating The Perfect Moral Storm

About the Author

Donald A. Brown is Scholar in Residence on Sustainability Ethics and Law at Widener University School of Law, USA.


'Climate change raises some of the most profound ethical issues of our time. And yet, for thirty years our policy responses have evaded comprehensive ethical analysis. This book puts an end to this grave and unjust omission. However, the outstanding contribution of this book is its explanation of how ethical considerations can bring moral responsibility to the forefront of climate policy and action.' - Prue Taylor, University of Auckland, New Zealand

'Don Brown, navigates the troubled waters of climate change denial. He deconstructs the cynical efforts by vested interests to pollute the public discourse by means of a climate change disinformation campaign. Brown also makes a compelling argument that limiting carbon emissions and mitigating climate change is the ethical imperative of our time.' - Michael Mann, Pennsylvania State University, USA

'In this fascinating book, Donald A. Brown draws on his vast experience to explore one of the great ethical issues of our time, and provides recommendations about how to bring ethical issues into the formulation of global warming policy responses.' - Richard Alley, Pennsylvania State University, USA

'Climate change is essentially an ethical challenge to all people in all nations. Donald Brown increases our awareness not only of the ethical dimensions of climate change science, economics, and the allocation of national greenhouse gas targets but also how we might effectively integrate ethical principles into climate policy formation.' - Shi Jun, Nanjing University of Information's Science and Technology, China

'Professor Brown eloquently reminds us that human-caused climate change is no illusion. Our approaching 'moral storm' promises to shipwreck the global community of nations. Can we stem this rising tide of ignorance, poverty, injustice, and human suffering? Yes. Should we? Most definitely, and Brown carefully charts our ethical course out of these deepest public policy waters with vision and courage.' - Paul Carrick, Gettysburg College, USA

'Climate Change Ethics provides a solid basis for bringing a wider audience into the ethics discussion. [...] Scientists will [...] find material in this book to help them recognize the ethical shortcomings contained in many anti-climate policy arguments, in addition to the scientific flaws they may be more accustomed to confronting.' - Kristen Schmitt, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, USA, in Landscape Ecology

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