Climate change ethics, rights, and policies: an introduction

J. Barry, A.P.J. Mol, A.R. Zito

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Abstract

Climate change continues to dominate academic work within green/environmental politics. Indeed, there appears to be almost an inverse relationship between the lack of political leadership on tackling climate change and the growth in ever more sophisticated academic analyses of this complex and multifaceted problem. There is an increasing disjunction between the growth in our knowledge and understanding of the ethical, political, economic, sociological, cultural, and psychological aspects of climate change and the lack of political achievement in putting in place clear and binding targets, an agreed decarbonisation roadmap, and associated regulatory and policy instruments with enforcement. This gap might be taken as evidence that we do not need more reports on climate change. To quote that most unlikely of green politicians, Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Governor of California: ‘The debate is over. We know the science. We see the threat. And we know that the time for action is now’ (California Energy Commission 2007, p. 1). This special issue focuses on a variety of ways in which climate change is conceptualised in normative political and ethical theory, and addressed in policy and regulations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-376
JournalEnvironmental Politics
Volume22
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Barry, J. ; Mol, A.P.J. ; Zito, A.R. / Climate change ethics, rights, and policies: an introduction. In: Environmental Politics. 2013 ; Vol. 22, No. 3. pp. 361-376.
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