Arguing about climate change
Title
Arguing about climate change
Subtitle
Judging the handling of climate risk to future generations by comparison to the general standards of conduct in the case of risk to contemporaries
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€ 32,95
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9789056295530
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Paperback
Number of pages
148
Language
English
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15.6 x 23.4 cm
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Contents - 6 General introduction - 8 Chapter 1: An inconvenient truth - 10 Chapter 2: Climate damage as wrongful harm to future generations - 26 Chapter 3: Regulation of climate change and the reasonable man standard - 56 Chapter 4: A social discount rate for climate damage to future generations based on regulatory law - 74 Chapter 5: How reasonable man discounts climate damage - 94 Chapter 6: Parallels in reactionary argumentation in the US congressional debates on the abolition of slavery and the Kyoto Protocol - 118 Summary - 138 Nederlandse samenvatting - 142 Acknowledgements - 146 Curriculum vitae - 148

Marc Davidson

Arguing about climate change

Judging the handling of climate risk to future generations by comparison to the general standards of conduct in the case of risk to contemporaries

Intergenerational justice requires that climate risks to future generations be handled with the same reasonable care deemed acceptable by society in the case of risks to contemporaries. Such general standards of conduct are laid down in tort law, for example. Consequently, the validity of arguments for or against more stringent climate policy can be judged by comparison to the general standards of conduct applying in the case of risk to contemporaries. That this consistency test is able to disqualify certain arguments in the climate debate is illustrated by a further investigation of the debate on the social discount rate, used in cost-benefit analysis of climate policy.
Author

Marc Davidson

The present thesis is based on research carried out by Marc Davidson at the University of Amsterdam. Marc currently works as a senior consultant at CE Delft, Solutions for environment, economy and technology, and teaches bioethics at the University of Amsterdam.