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The Carbon Crunch$
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Dieter Helm

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780300186598

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300186598.001.0001

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Who is to blame?

Who is to blame?

(p.56) Chapter 3 Who is to blame?
The Carbon Crunch

Dieter Helm

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the responsibility of individuals, groups, and countries for rising emissions leading to climate change. The ethics of climate change require judgments to be made about the relative claims of different individuals, groups, and countries. The environmental concern begins with the family and the home, steps out into our local community, and then takes account of the nation state. The recognition of partiality has an implication for the attempts to address global warming. Partiality suggests that we should address climate change primarily because it is in our self-interest to do so. Ethics need to be grounded in human nature and the circumstances that pervade today, rather than in some future utopia. Progress on this level requires a rejection of the Kyoto-based carbon-production approach and a serious shifting of the burden toward the developed countries.

Keywords:   responsibility, emissions, climate change, environmental concern, global warming, partiality, self-interest

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