Books  Environmental Science  Climate & Climate Change 

The Ethics of Global Climate Change

  • Provides critical perspectives on the existing literature on the ethics of climate change
  • Includes an up-to-date treatment, with articles discussing the Copenhagen climate conference
  • Authors provide an introductory overview of the scientific consensus regarding climate change

By: Denis G Arnold(Editor)

352 pages, 15 b/w illustrations, 3 tables

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Jun 2014 | #215873 | ISBN-13: 9781107666016
Availability: Usually dispatched within 6 days Details
NHBS Price: £36.99 $49/€42 approx
Hardback | Mar 2011 | #190950 | ISBN-13: 9781107000698
Availability: Usually dispatched within 6 days Details
NHBS Price: £80.99 $107/€92 approx

About this book

Global climate change is one of the most daunting ethical and political challenges confronting humanity in the twenty-first century. The intergenerational and transnational ethical issues raised by climate change have been the focus of a significant body of scholarship. In this new collection of essays, leading scholars engage and respond to first-generation scholarship and argue for new ways of thinking about our ethical obligations to present and future generations. Topics addressed in these essays include moral accountability for energy consumption and emissions, egalitarian and libertarian perspectives on mitigation, justice in relation to cap and trade schemes, the ethics of adaptation and the ethical dimensions of the impact of climate change on nature.

"The Ethics of Global Climate Change is the first collection to engage the full range of ethical issues posed by global climate change. With original, insightful and accessible contributions from many of the best researchers currently working on the ethics of climate change, it clarifies the ethical dimensions of global climate change and highlights the implications of ethical considerations for both public policy and personal action."
- Ronald Sandler, Northeastern University


Introduction: climate change and ethics Denis G. Arnold

1. Energy, ethics and the transformation of nature Dale Jamieson
2. Is no one responsible for global environmental tragedy? Climate change as challenge in our ethical concepts Stephen Gardiner
3. Greenhouse gas emission and the domination of posterity John Nolt
4. Climate change, energy rights and equality Simon Caney
5. Common atmospheric ownership and equal emissions entitlements Darrel Moellendorf
6. A Lockean defense of grandfathering emission rights Luc Bovens
7. Parenting the planet Sarah Krakoff
8. Living ethically in a greenhouse Robert H. Socolow and Mary R. English
9. Beyond business as usual: alternative wedges to avoid catastrophic climate change and create sustainable societies Philip Cafaro
10. Addressing competitiveness in U.S. climate policy Richard D. Morgenstern
11. Reconciling justice and efficiency: integrating environmental justice into domestic cap-and-trade programs for controlling greenhouse gases Alice Kaswan
12. Ethical dimensions of adapting to climate change imposed risks W. Neil Adger and Sophie Nicholson-Cole
13. Does nature matter? The place of the nonhuman in the ethics of climate change Clare Palmer
14. Human rights, climate change, and the trillionth ton Henry Shue

Write a review

There are currently no reviews for this book. Be the first to review this book!


Denis G. Arnold is the Jule and Marguerite Surtman Distinguished Professor in Business Ethics at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. He is the author of The Ethics of Global Business (2010) and the editor of Ethics and the Business of Biomedicine (Cambridge University Press, 2009).

- Denis G. Arnold
- Dale Jamieson
- Stephen Gardiner
- John Nolt
- Simon Caney
- Darrel Moellendorf
- Luc Bovens
- Sarah Krakoff
- Robert H. Socolow
- Mary R. English
- Philip Cafaro
- Richard D. Morgenstern
- Alice Kaswan
- W. Neil Adger
- Sophie Nicholson-Cole
- Clare Palmer
- Henry Shue

Bestsellers in this subject

Climate Change and British Wildlife

Pre-pub offer: £29.99 £34.99 (Save £5.00) $40/€34 approx

Responding to a Changing Arctic

NHBS Price: £22.99 $30/€26 approx

Why Are We Waiting?

NHBS Price: £14.99 $20/€17 approx

The Cloud Name Trail

NHBS Price: £2.99 $4/€3 approx

Climate Governance in the Developing World

NHBS Price: £17.99 $24/€20 approx

VAT: GB 407 4846 44
NHBS Ltd is registered in England and Wales: 1875194