Tag: climate change

Climate Change and Competing Ethical Visions

| March 2019

Eric Levitz has a fascinating and provocative post in New York Magazine exploring how one can reach very different policy conclusions as to what to do about the impacts of climate change. In essence, the prevailing narrative has been framed by what we might see as universalist ethics–that to cope with climate change, we must adopt […]

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Clustering Countries, Changing Climates: An NGO Review to Close the Ambition Gap

Clustering Countries, Changing Climates: An NGO Review to Close the Ambition Gap

| November 2016

The bottom-up element of the Paris Agreement has led to a substantial mismatch between the sum of individual countries’ proposed emissions cuts and the collective goal to hold global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius. In this online exclusive, Ewan Kingston proposes a new NGO review of climate contributions that will encourage countries to do more to close the so-called ambition gap.

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The Paris Agreement, World Citizenship and National Sovereignty

| October 2016

Nicholas Chan’s contribution to the current issue of Ethics and International Affairs makes the observation that the Paris Agreement on climate change focuses on a “‘bottom-up’ structure, emphasizing national flexibility in order to ensure broader participation”–with the hopes that this nod in favor of national sovereignty will make it easier for governments to set and […]

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Climate Contributions and the Paris Agreement: Fairness and Equity in a Bottom-Up Architecture

| September 2016

Ethical questions of fairness, responsibility, and burden-sharing have always been central to the international politics of climate change and efforts to construct an effective intergovernmental response to this problem.

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