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Global Ethics and Climate Change

Paul G. Harris

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Finds solutions to the world's greatest challenge – climate change – in global ethics

New for this edition

  • Includes recent climate diplomacy and international agreements
  • Presents current data and information on climate science
  • Updated statistics; e.g. in chapters and sections that look at poverty and wealth
  • Expanded learning guide for students and lecturers

Global Ethics and Climate Change combines the science of climate change with ethical critique to expose its impact, the increasing intensity of dangerous trends – particularly growing global affluence, material consumption and pollution – and the intensifying moral dimensions of changes to the environment. It shows you that global justice is vital to mitigating climate change.

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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

About the Author

Paul G. Harris is the Chair Professor of Global and Environmental Studies at the Education University of Hong Kong. His work on global environmental politics and justice has been published widely in academic journals. Professor Harris is author or editor of many books, including Climate Change and American Foreign Policy (St. Martin’s Press/Palgrave Macmillan, 2000), International Equity and Global Environmental Politics (Ashgate, 2001), The Environment, International Relations and U.S. Foreign Policy (Georgetown University Press, 2001), International Environmental Cooperation (Universtity Press of Colorado, 2002), Global Warming and East Asia (Routledge, 2003), Confronting Environmental Change in East and Southeast Asia (Earthscan/United Nations University Press, 2005), Europe and Global Climate Change (Edward Elgar, 2007), Environmental Change and Foreign Policy (Routledge, 2009), Climate Change and Foreign Policy (Routledge, 2009), The Politics of Climate Change (Routledge, 2009), World Ethics and Climate Change (Edinburgh University Press, 2010), China’s Responsibility for Climate Change (Policy Press, 2011), Ethics and Global Environmental Policy (Edward Elgar, 2011), Environmental Policy and Sustainable Development in China (Policy Press, 2012), What’s Wrong with Climate Politics and How to Fix It (Polity, 2013), the Routledge Handbook of Global Environmental Politics (Routledge, 2014) and, with Graeme Lang, the Routledge Handbook of Environment and Society in Asia (Routledge, 2014), among others.

Reviews

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

This accessible book is highly recommended reading for all interested in international climate change, especially those seeking perspectives beyond the usual policy fare.

- Friedrich Soltau, Division for Sustainable Development, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Climate Law

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