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Climate Change Justice

By: Eric A Posner and David Weisbach

240 pages, 8 illus, 11 tabs.

Princeton University Press

Hardback | Apr 2010 | #183796 | ISBN-13: 9780691137759
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Climate change and justice are so closely associated that many take it for granted that a global climate treaty should - indeed, must - directly address both issues together. But, in fact, this may be a serious mistake, one that would actually make the world's poor and developing nations far worse off. This is the central argument of this book.

Anyone taking part in the next round of climate negotiations in Mexico in December should take this book with them. It is ... certainly a guide. Legislating for the future is always tricky. This area is trickier than most. -- Sir Crispin Tickell, Financial Times [T]his book is a potent attack on an argument that is growing rapidly in popularity yet declining in clarity and focus... Chapter 1 provides what must be one of the most comprehensive, comprehensible, and yet still succinct accounts of the science of anthropogenic climate change currently in print. -- Jamison E. Colburn, Concurring Opinions blog


Acknowledgments vii Introduction 1 Chapter 1: Ethically Relevant Facts and Predictions 10 Chapter 2: Policy Instruments 41 Chapter 3: Symbols, Not Substance 59 Chapter 4: Climate Change and Distributive Justice: Climate Change Blinders 73 Chapter 5: Punishing the Wrongdoers: A Climate Guilt Clause? 99 Chapter 6: Equality and the Case against Per Capita Permits 119 Chapter 7: Future Generations: The Debate over Discounting 144 Chapter 8: Global Welfare, Global Justice, and Climate Change 169 A Recapitulation 189 Afterword: The Copenhagen Accord 193 Notes 199 Index 219

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Eric A. Posner and David Weisbach teach at the University of Chicago Law School.

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