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Climate Change, Ethics and Human Security


  • 4 b/w illus. 5 tables
  • Page extent: 246 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 0.64 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 304.2/3
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: GF71 .C56 2010
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Human beings--Effect of climate on
    • Human security
    • Human rights
    • Climatic changes--Social aspects

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521197663)

Presenting human security perspectives on climate change, this volume raises issues of equity, ethics and environmental justice, as well as our capacity to respond to what is increasingly considered to be the greatest societal challenge for humankind. Written by international experts, it argues that climate change must be viewed as an issue of human security, and not an environmental problem that can be managed in isolation from larger questions concerning development trajectories, and ethical obligations towards the poor and to future generations. The concept of human security offers a new approach to the challenges of climate change, and the responses that could lead to a more equitable and sustainable future. Climate Change, Ethics and Human Security will be of interest to researchers, policy makers, and practitioners concerned with the human dimensions of climate change, as well as to upper-level students in the social sciences and humanities interested in climate change.

• Proposes a value-based approach to providing solutions to the problem of climate change • Encourages readers to widen their perspectives on climate change beyond biophysical and economic arguments and to view future scenarios as opportunities for transformative change • Introduces geoscientists to state-of-the-art perspectives on the ethics of climate change • Challenges social scientists to integrate their perspectives into the science of global change


Foreword Heide Hackmann; Preface Karen O'Brien, Asunción Lera St. Clair and Berit Kristoffersen; Part I. Framings: 1. The framing of climate change Karen O'Brien, Asunción Lera St. Clair and Berit Kristoffersen; 2. The idea of human security Des Gasper; 3. Climate change science and policy in the South Pacific, as if people mattered Jon Barnett; Part II. Equity: 4. A 'shared vision'? Why inequality should worry us J. Timmons Roberts and Bradley C. Parks; 5. Fair decision making in a new climate of risk W. Neil Adger and Donald R. Nelson; Part III. Ethics: 6. Ethics, politics and the global environment Desmond McNeill; 7. Human rights, climate change and discounting Simon Caney; 8. Climate change: a global test for contemporary political institutions and theories Stephen Gardiner; Part IV. Reflexivity: 9. Linking sustainable development with climate change adaptation and mitigation Livia Bizikova, Sarah Burch, John Robinson and Stewart Cohen; 10. Global poverty and climate change: the responsibility to protect Asunción Lera St. Clair; 11. Security for whom? Social contracts in a changing climate Bronwyn Hayward and Karen O'Brien; 12. Towards a new science on climate change Karen O'Brien, Asunción Lera St. Clair and Berit Kristoffersen; Index.


Heide Hackmann, Karen O'Brien, Asunción Lera St. Clair, Berit Kristoffersen, Des Gasper, Jon Barnett, J. Timmons Roberts, Bradley C. Parks, W. Neil Adger, Donald R. Nelson, Desmond McNeill, Simon Caney, Stephen Gardiner, Livia Bizikova, Sarah Burch, John Robinson, Stewart Cohen, Bronwyn Hayward

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