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World Ethics and Climate Change: From International to Global Justice

By: Paul G Harris

Edinburgh University Press

Paperback | Nov 2009 | #181355 | ISBN-13: 9780748639106
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About this book

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 issue. 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.

Key Features

-Describes the role of ethics and justice in world affairs and demonstrates that climate change is a matter of extreme injustice -Summarizes and critiques the flawed doctrine of international justice upon which governments have premised climate change agreements and policies -Examines the practical and ethical significance for climate change of growing numbers of new consumers in the developing world -Proposes a cosmopolitan approach to climate change that is more principled, more practical and more politically viable than current international policies

All of the author's royalties are directly paid to OXFAM in support of the world's poor, who are most harmed by - and least responsible for - climate change.

Paul Harris argues that affluent people everywhere are, by their contributions to climate change, violating the rights of the poor. He makes a powerful case for focusing on individual rights and responsibilities in the framework of a new world ethic. I hope this book will be widely read, and acted upon. -- Peter Singer, Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University Paul Harris argues that affluent people everywhere are, by their contributions to climate change, violating the rights of the poor. He makes a powerful case for focusing on individual rights and responsibilities in the framework of a new world ethic. I hope this book will be widely read, and acted upon.


Contents

Preface; Introduction; Part I: The Challenge; 1. Global Climate Change; 2. Justice in a Changing World; Part II: International Justice; 3. International Environmental Justice; 4. International Justice and Climate Change; Part III: Global Justice; 5. Cosmopolitan Ethics and Justice; 6. Affluence, Consumption and Atmospheric Pollution; 7. Cosmopolitan Diplomacy and Climate Policy; 8. The Unavoidability of Global Justice; References; Index.

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Biography

Paul G. Harris is Chair Professor of Global and Environmental Studies, and Head of the Department of Social Sciences at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. In addition to authoring over 100 articles and book chapters on global environmental politics and ethics, he is author or editor of a dozen books, including Climate Change and American Foreign Policy (2000), International Equity and Global Environmental Politics (2001), The Environment, International Relations and U.S. Foreign Policy (2001), International Environmental Cooperation (2002), Global Warming and East Asia (2003), Confronting Environmental Change in East and Southeast Asia (2005), Europe and Global Climate Change (2007), Environmental Change and Foreign Policy (2009), Climate Change and Foreign Policy (2009) and The Politics of Climate Change (2009).

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