Climate change is perhaps the most important issue of our time and yet despite the urgency of the problem, the measures necessary to mitigate it have not been implemented. International cooperation has not been forthcoming and there remains a general reluctance towards any major change of lifestyle. Given the urgency of the problem, why has so little been done? In Climate Ethics Joerg Tremmel and Katherine Robinson identify the reasons behind this crucial paradox and propose a way forward. In the first part of the book the authors provide an accessible account of the basics of climate change. In clear and accessible terms they explain the science behind climate change and demystify the complicated terminology that so often hinders a proper understanding of the subject. They identify the substances that cause climate change, reveal which industries are responsible and which aspects of people's everyday lives have the highest emissions connected with them. They explore the consequences of ignoring climate change and, importantly, analyse the obstacles to addressing the issues. In the second part of the book the authors introduce the concept of climate ethics, and explore its importance at a personal, national and international level. They place it firmly at the centre of any successful resolution of the challenges associated with climate change. They review the classical theories of justice and how they relate to climate change, and they examine the complex ethical and moral questions that need to be addressed if long-term solutions are to be found. What moral responsibility do we have to future generations? How should we share out emission rights? Do we take into account past emissions, allowing those who have historically caused more pollution fewer emissions rights than developing countries? Who is to finance the measures to abate climate? And just what is the fairest approach to the politics of climate change on a global scale? The result is an original and timely engagement with one of the most pressing problems facing us and future generations.
|Publication date:||30th May 2014|
|Author:||Joerg Chet Tremmel, Katherine Robinson|
|Publisher:||I.B.Tauris an imprint of I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.|
|Categories:||Climate change, Environmentalist thought & ideology,|
Joerg Tremmel is Professor of Intergenerationally Just Policies at Eberhard Karls University of Tubingen, Germany. He was previously Research Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His books include A Theory of Intergenerational Justice (2009) and he is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Intergenerational Justice Review. Katherine Robinson is a member of the Institute for Political Science at Eberhard Karls University of Tubingen, Germany. Previously she studied public policy at Vanderbuilt University.More About Joerg Chet Tremmel, Katherine Robinson