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About this book
About this book
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.
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
Eric A. Posner and David Weisbach teach at the University of Chicago Law School.
240 pages, 8 illus, 11 tabs.
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