The definitive (academic philosophical) climate ethics reader was just published by Oxford University Press, and we’re happy to say that it contains a chapter on GDRs. The book is Climate Ethics: Essential Readings, and it’s edited by Stephen Gardiner, Simon Caney, Dale Jamieson and Henry Shue.
The GDRs essay is “Greenhouse Development Rights: A Framework for Climate Protection that is ‘More Fair’ than Equal per Capita Emissions Rights,” a focus that makes good sense given the state of the philosophical debate. (Peter Singer also has an essay, “One Atmosphere,” in which he defends the per-capita approach.)
Paul Baer, of the GDRs author’s group, also has a second chapter all his own, one called ‘Adaptation: Who Pays Whom?”
Here’s the Table of Contents:
Notes on Contributors
1. ‘Ethics and Global Climate Change’, Stephen M. Gardiner.
B. The Nature of the Problem
2. ‘The Economics of Climate Change’, Nicholas Stern.
3. ‘Ethics, Public Policy and Global Warming’, Dale Jamieson.
4. ‘A Perfect Moral Storm: Climate Change, Intergenerational Ethics and the Problem of Moral Corruption’, Stephen M. Gardiner.
C: Global Justice and Future Generations
5. ‘Global Environment and International Inequality’, Henry Shue.
6. ‘Energy Policy and the Further Future: The Identity Problem’, Derek Parfit.
7. ‘Cosmopolitan Justice, Responsibility and Global Climate Change’, Simon Caney.
8. ‘Deadly Delays, Saving Opportunities: Creating a More Dangerous World?’, Henry Shue.
9. ‘Climate Change, Human Rights and Moral Thresholds’, Simon Caney.
D: Policy Responses to Climate Change
10. ‘One Atmosphere’, Peter Singer.
11. ‘Subsistence Emissions and Luxury Emissions’, Henry Shue.
12. ‘Greenhouse Development Rights: A Framework for Climate Protection that is ‘More Fair’ than Equal per Capita Emissions Rights’, Paul Baer, with Tom Athanasiou, Sivan Kartha and Eric Kemp-Benedict
13. ‘Selling Environmental Indulgences’, Robert Goodin.
14. ‘Adaptation: Who Pays Whom?’, Paul Baer.
15. ‘Adaptation, Mitigation, and Justice’, Dale Jamieson.
16. ‘Is ‘Arming the Future’ with Geoengineering Really the Lesser Evil? Some Doubts About the Ethics of Intentionally Manipulating the Climate System’, Stephen M. Gardiner.
E. Individual Responsibility
17. ‘When Utilitarians Should be Virtue Theorists’, Dale Jamieson.
18. ‘It’s Not My Fault: Global Warming and Individual Moral Obligations’, Walter Sinnott Armstrong.