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Climate justice in a carbon budget

McKinnon, C. (2015) Climate justice in a carbon budget. Climatic Change, 133 (3). pp. 375-384. ISSN 0165-0009

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1007/s10584-015-1382-6

Abstract/Summary

The fact of a carbon budget given commitment to limiting global-mean temperature increase to below 2°C warming relative to pre-industrial levels makes CO2 emissions a scarce resource. This fact has significant consequences for the ethics of climate change. The paper highlights some of these consequences with respect to (a) applying principles of distributive justice to the allocation of rights to emissions and the costs of mitigation and adaptation, (b) compensation for the harms and risks of climate change, (c) radical new ideas about a place for criminal justice in tackling climate change, and (d) catastrophe ethics.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Politics, Economics and International Relations > Politics and International Relations
ID Code:40496
Uncontrolled Keywords:carbon budget; climate ethics; intergenerational justice; distributive justice; compensation; criminal justice; catastrophe ethics.
Publisher:Springer

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