Ethics and Climate

Donald Brown

Ethics and Climate - Donald Brown

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The site contains over 155 articles including 12 videos on ethical issues raised by climate change. The site seeks to help policy makers and interested citizens understand the ethical dimensions of climate change issues in contention in policy debates. The best way to find analysis of specific issues is to use the “search” function on this website or to search the listed “categories” on the right hand side of the home page. Also one may access specific articles under the following subjects in this index. Videos can be found under category video” and  under “video” in the following index.

 INDEX

 Adaptation and Climate Change Ethics

Two Climate Change Matters Move To Center Stage In Copenhagen With Profound Implications for Developed Nations: Ethics and Adaptation

Advertising and Climate Ethics

The Ethics Of “Clean Coal” Propaganda.     

Are Fossil Fuel Industry Commercials Encouraging Americans to Engage In Unethical Climate Change Causing Behavior?

Cap and Trade

The Ethics of Carbon Cap and Trade Continued: Going Deeper On Our Original Analysis

Ethical Issues Raised By Carbon Trading

Coal and Climate Change 

Claims That EPA CO2 Regulations Are A War On Coal Is Like Saying Laws Outlying Assault on Battery Are a War On Muggers

China

Chinese University Hosts First Conference in China on Climate Change Ethics.

Climate Change Impacts

Why Ethics Requires Acknowledging Links Between Tornadoes and Climate Change Despite Scientific Uncertainty.

Stopping the Worst Environmental Disaster?: An Ethical and Scientific Comparison of the Gulf Oil Spill and Climate Change.

Disinformation Campaign and Climate Ethics

Crimes Against Humanity; The Genocidal Campaign of the Climate Change Contrarians.

New Study Concludes That Tracking Funding Of The Ethically Abhorrent Climate Disinformation Campaign Is Now Impossible.

The Climate Change Disinformation Campaign: What Kind Of Crime Against Humanity, Tort, Human Rights Violation, Malfeasance, Transgression, Villainy, Or Wrongdoing Is It? Part Two: Is The Disinformation Campaign a Human Rights Violation Or A Special Kind of Malfeasance, Transgression, Villainy, Or Wrongdoing ?

The Climate Change Disinformation Campaign: What Kind Of Crime Against Humanity, Tort, Human Rights Violation, Malfeasance, Transgression, Villainy, Or Wrongdoing Is It? Part One: Is The Disinformation Campaign a Crime Against Humanity or A Civil Tort?

The Grave US Media Failure to Report On The Climate Change Disinformation Campaign

The Ethical Abhorrence of the Climate Change Disinformation Campaign, Part 3

The Ethical Abhorrence of The Climate Change Disinformation Campaign, Part 2

Why The Climate Change Disinformation Campaign Is So Ethically Abhorrent 

Is Higher Education Failing to Adequately Educate Civil Society About the Climate Change Disinformation Campaign?

Disinformation, Social Stability and Moral Outrage

Irresponsible Skepticism: Lessons Learned From the Climate Disinformation Campaign

Ethical Analysis of Disinformation Campaign’s Tactics: (1) Think Tanks, (2) PR Campaigns, (3) Astroturf Groups, and (4) Cyber-Bullying Attacks.

Ethical Analysis of Disinformation Campaign’s Tactics: (1) Reckless Disregard for the Truth, (2) Focusing On Unknowns While Ignoring Knowns, (3) Specious Claims of “Bad” Science, and (4) Front Groups.

Ethical Analysis of the Climate Change Disinformation Campaign: Introduction to A Series  

An Ethical Analysis of the Climate Change Disinformation Campaign: Is This A New Kind of Assault on Humanity?

A New Kind of Crime Against Humanity?: The Fossil Fuel Industry’s Disinformation Campaign On Climate Change

Duties of Nations To Act on Climate Change

 Questions That Should Be Asked Of Politicians And Others Who Oppose National Action On Climate Change On The Basis Of Scientific Uncertainty Or Unacceptable Cost To The Economy Given That Climate Change Is A Profound Global Justice And Ethical Problem

May Any Nation Such as the United States or China Make Its Willingness to Reduce Its GHG Emissions Contingent On What Other Nations Do?

Equity Remains At Center of Bonn Climate Change Talks.

On the Extraordinary Urgency of Nations Responding To What Equity Requires of Them In Their Responses to Climate Change.

Qatar: Bumping Up Against Climate Change Limitations On Human Activities Makes Ethical and Justice Issues Unavoidable

Ethical Issues Raised By US Blue Dog Democratic Senators’ Opposition to Climate Legislation – When May a Nation Make Domestic GHG Reduction Commitments Contingent on Other Nations’ Actions

Economics and Climate Change Ethics

“Rebirth Of the Sacred”: Responses to the Dysfunctional Economic and Political Systems Responsible For Global Environmental Crises

New York Times Article Misleads on The Moral Basis for Climate Change Policies. 

Free Markets, Externalities, and A Question of Integrity

Ethical Issues Entailed By Economic Arguments Against Climate Change Policies.

Ethical Problems With Cost Arguments Made In Opposition to Climate Change Policies: The Failure To Value The Harms That Will Be Caused by Doing Nothing.

Ethical Problems With Cost Arguments Against Climate Change Policies: Increased Costs May Not Justify Human Rights Violations

Ethical Problems With Cost Arguments Against Climate Change Policies: The Failure To Recognize Duties To Non-citizens 

What Needs To Be Done To Assure That Ethical Principles Guide Climate Change Policy Making: A Look At The Bridge at The End OF The World

The Stern Report Acknowledges Certain Potential Ethical Issues Created By Standard Economic Analyses Of Climate Change Policies

Equity Frameworks

New Very Helpful Website on Climate Equity

10 Reasons Why “Contraction and Convergence” Is Still The Most Preferrable Equity Framework for Allocating National GHG Targets

General Climate Ethics

A Picture To Help Citizens Understand the Ethical Issues that Must Be Faced in Setting A National Greenhouse Gas Emissions Targets.

 Five Common Arguments Against Climate Change Policies That Can Only Be Effectively Responded To On Ethical Grounds

Degrees of Responsibility for Climate Catastrophe

New Web Site Enables Climate Policy Makers To Fulfill Their Ethical Responsibility to Understand The Significance of Policy Choices

On The Practical Need To Examine Climate Change Policy Issues Through An Ethical Lens

Qatar: Bumping Up Against Climate Change Limitations On Human Activities Makes Ethical and Justice Issues Unavoidable

Qatar: The Waiting for the United States Continues

A Video: Even Monkeys Get Climate Change Justice. Why Don’t Governments and the Press?

Qatar: Questions That Governments Should Be Asked About Their Positions on Equity and Justice.

Qatar: Linking Increasing the Ambitiousness Of National Emissions Reductions Commitments To Equitable Responsibilities

How To Make Ethical Principles More Influential In Climate Change Policy Formation: A New Book, Navigating the Perfect Moral Storm, Climate Change Ethics

The Practical Importance For Policy Of Ignoring The Ethical Dimensions of Climate Change

Introduction to Climate Ethics, Video- Part Two

Why Climate Change Must Be Seen Essentially An Ethical Problem and What Practical Differences Follow From This.

ClimateEthics Analysis Moves to Widener University School of Law As EthicsandClimate.org 

ClimateEthics Moves to Widener University School of Law as Ethicsandclimate.org

The Practical Importance of Seeing Climate Change as an Ethical Problem.

US Signers Of US Climate Ethics Statement Statement Wanted 

The Practical Significance of US Congressman Waxman’s Achnowledgement That Climate Change Is A Moral Issue 

On The Moral Imperatives Of Speaking Publicly About the Ethical Dimensions of Climate Change-And How It Must Be Done.

Are Ethical Arguments for Climate Change Action Weaker Than Self-Interest Based Arguments? Why Taking Ethical Arguments Off the Table Is Like A Soccer Team Unilaterally Taking The Goalie Out of the Net.

Twenty Ethical Questions that the US Press Should Ask Opponents of Climate Change Policies.

Ten Reasons Why Examining Climate Change Policy Controversies Through an Ethical Lens Is A Practical Imperative.

Understanding Climate Change Ethics as a Subset of Global Ethics

Why Global Environmental Problems Entail Ethical Obligations

A New Website In Response to Recent Report On the Urgency of Seeing Climate Change as a Moral Concern.

Germany

Ethics and German Energy Policy- Energy Policy as Main Road to Sustainability?

Higher Education and Climate Ethics

Is Higher Education Failing to Adequately Educate Civil Society About the Climate Change Disinformation Campaign? 

Universities And The Need To Address Global Climate Change Across Disciplines and Programs

Human Rights and Climate Change

Under Appreciated Uses of Human Rights Law As A Remedy for Climate Change: A Comprehensive Series.

Ethical Problems With Cost Arguments Against Climate Change Policies: Increased Costs May Not Justify Human Rights Violations

Individual Responsibility For Climate Change

Ethical Obligations of States, Regional and Local Governments, Organizations, Businesses, and Individuals to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change and Ethics

A Critical Look at IPCC Working Group III’s Analyses of Climate Ethics and Equity, Second In A Series.

IPCC, Ethics, and Climate Change: Will IPCC’s Latest Report Transform How National Climate Change Policies Are Justified?

International Climate Regime

At the UN Climate Talks, Thinking About Equity May Require Understanding the Conditions of Mutual Trust

The Progression of Multilateral Talks on Climate Change and the Challenge of “Equity”: Notes from the UN Climate Conference in Bonn, June 2014

Has Discussion Of What “Equity” Requires Of Nations To Reduce GHG Emissions Disappeared From Climate Negotiations?  If So, What Should Be Done About It?

An Ethical Analysis of Warsaw COP-19  Outcomes  In Light of the Ethical Dimensions of Climate Change.

Ethical and Justice Issues At the Center of the Warsaw Climate Negotiations-Issue 3, Financing Adaptation and Climate Change Responses in Vulnerable Developing Counties and Issue 4, Ethical Responsibilities for Loss and Damages. 

Retrospective Moral Intuitions on Equity Dominate the Warsaw Talks as the UN Climate Conference Transitions into its Second Week.

The Ethical and Justice Issues At the Center of the Warsaw Climate Negotiations-Issue 2, Equity and National GHG Emissions Commitments in the Medium- and Long Term

The Ethical and Justice Issues At the Center of the Warsaw Climate Change Negotiations-Issue 1, Equity and National GHG Emissions Reductions Commitments in the Short-Term

Ethical and Justice Issues In Contention At the Warsaw Climate Negotiations-The First In A Series Of Reports.

Qatar: Bumping Up Against Climate Change Limitations On Human Activities Makes Ethical and Justice Issues Unavoidable

Qatar: The Waiting for the United States Continues

Qatar: Questions That Governments Should Be Asked About Their Positions on Equity and Justice.

Qatar: Linking Increasing the Ambitiousness Of National Emissions Reductions Commitments To Equitable Responsibilities

Qatar Climate Change Negotiations: An Open Letter To US President Obama From the World’s Poorest Nations.

Going Deeper On What Happened In Durban: An Ethical Critique of Durban Outcomes.

An Ethical Analysis of the Cancun Climate Negotiations Outcome.

A Comprehensive Ethical Analysis of the Copenhagen Accord.

Two Climate Change Matters Move To Center Stage In Copenhagen With Profound Implications for Developed Nations: Ethics and Adaptation

The Collaborative Program on the Ethical Dimensions of Climate Change Issues Report to Press at COP-15

ClimateEthics.org Identifies Ethical Issues Entailed by Copenhagen Negotiations

Ethical Failures of National GHG Emissions Reduction Proposals Approaching Copenhagen

Minimum Ethical Criteria For All Post-Kyoto Regime Proposals: What Does Ethics Require of A Copenhagen Outcome 

Collaborative Program on Ethical Dimensions of Climate Change Calls for Ethical Leadership in Poznan, Poland Climate Change Negotiations

Climate Ethics in Bali – the Urgency of Seeing Climate Change as an Ethical and Justice Concern

Nations Must Follow Justice In Climate Change Negotiations

Politics and Climate Ethics

“What Is Wrong Climate Politics And How to Fix It” A Review of a New Book By Paul Harris.

An Ethical Analysis of Obama’s Climate Speech, the Adverse Political Reaction to It, and the Media Response.

A video: Why Politicians May Not Rely On Their Own Uninformed Opinion On Climate Change Science.

Why Politicians May Not Ethically Rely on Their Own Uninformed Opinion About Climate Science and 10 Questions That The Press Should Ask Politicians About Climate Science In Light of This Responsibility.

Qatar Climate Change Negotiations: An Open Letter To US President Obama From the World’s Poorest Nations.

An Ethical Analysis of Mitt Romney’s Climate Change Views-Part Two

An Ethical Analysis Of US Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney’s Views On Climate Change    

The Silence of US President Obama on Climate Change-A Serious Ethical Lapse?   

Ethical Problems With some of the Obama Team’s Approach to Climate Change?

The Practical Significance of US Congressman Waxman’s Achnowledgement That Climate Change Is A Moral Issue

 Research Project

A Call for Researchers on A Project On Deepening National Responses to Climate Change On The Basis of Ethics and Justice

 

Scientific Uncertainty and Climate Ethics

Why the US Academy of Science’s Easy To Understand Report On Climate Change Science Has Ethical Significance

IPCC’s New Report: Does It Make any Ethical Difference that Confidence Levels About Human Causation Have Increased?

On Confusing Two Roles of Science and Their Relation to Ethics.

Why Ethics Requires Acknowledging Links Between Tornadoes and Climate Change Despite Scientific Uncertainty.  

The US Academy of Sciences’ Reports On Climate Change and The US Moral Climate Change Failure. 

Ethical Issues Raised by the Work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC): Report On The Bali Workshop (COP-13)

New York Times Krugman Claims That US Congressional Hearings Are A Moral Failure: The US Congress and The Ethics of Willful Ignorance.

The Worst Ethical Scandal In the US Congress: Climate Change?

Twenty Ethical Questions that the US Press Should Ask Opponents of Climate Change Policies.

 The Strong Scottish Moral Leadership On Climate Change Compared To The Absence Of Any Acknowledged Ethical Duty In The US Debate.

Ethical Issues Raised By US Blue Dog Democratic Senators’ Opposition to Climate Legislation – When May a Nation Make Domestic GHG Reduction Commitments Contingent on Other Nations’ Actions

Solutions To Climate Change Including Geo-Engineering

Ethical Issues With Relying On Natural Gas As A Solution to Climate Change

Wind Power Ethics      

The Ethics of Allocating Public Research Funds for Carbon Capture and Storage

Ethical Issues Raised by Waiting for Geological Carbon Storage

Scotland   

The Strong Scottish Moral Leadership On Climate Change Compared To The Absence Of Any Acknowledged Ethical Duty In The US Debate.

States and Climate Change

Visualizing How To Evaluate GHG Emissions Reductions Targets by National, State, ane Regional Governments, Part II

Visualizing Why US Federal and US State Governments’ GHG Emissions Reduction Commitments Are Woefully Inadequate In Light of Recent Science.

 Why US States Have A Duty To Reduce Their Emissions to Their Fair Share of Safe Global Emissions: The Case of Pennsylvania.

Sustainability Ethics

Sustainability and Property Rights

An Opportunity to Learn About Links Between Global Governance and Environmental Ethics

The Agenda 21 Disinformation Campaign In the United States: An Ethical Critique Of An Attack on Sustainability

New Book Describes Ways To Accelerate US Transition To Sustainability-Including A Greater Emphasis On Ethics.

Agenda 21: A Guide for the Perplexed: Disinformation Campaign About Sustainable Development Emerges In the United States

US Response To Climate Change

Why Politicians May Not Ethically Rely on Their Own Uninformed Opinion About Climate Science and 10 Questions That The Press Should Ask Politicians About Climate Science In Light of This Responsibility.

The Continuing US Press Failure to Report on the Urgency of the Climate Change Threat.

Qatar: Bumping Up Against Climate Change Limitations On Human Activities Makes Ethical and Justice Issues Unavoidable

Qatar: The Waiting for the United States Continues

Qatar Climate Change Negotiations: An Open Letter To US President Obama From the World’s Poorest Nations.

How US Climate Change Law Must Be Reconciled With Existing International Law and Ethical Obligations.

 New York Times Krugman Claims That US Congressional Hearings Are A Moral Failure: The US Congress and The Ethics of Willful Ignorance.

The World Waits In Vain For US Ethical Climate Change Leadership As the World Warms.

The Worst Ethical Scandal In the US Congress: Climate Change?

The Strong Scottish Moral Leadership On Climate Change Compared To The Absence Of Any Acknowledged Ethical Duty In The US Debate.

US Media And Climate Change.

Four Tragic Omissions From US Media’s Coverge Of Obama’s Climate Proposals.

US Media Fails to Educate The Public About Links Between Greater Natural Gas Use and Climate Change

A video: Why Politicians May Not Rely On Their Own Uninformed Opinion On Climate Change Science.

Why Politicians May Not Ethically Rely on Their Own Uninformed Opinion About Climate Science and 10 Questions That The Press Should Ask Politicians About Climate Science In Light of This Responsibility.

The Continuing US Press Failure to Report on the Urgency of the Climate Change Threat.

A Video: Even Monkeys Get Climate Change Justice. Why Don’t Governments and the Press?

An Ethical Examination of How The US Press Has Covered Links Between Hurricane Sandy and Climate Change

Will Hurricane Sandy Remedy The US Media’s Grave Failures To Adequately Cover Climate Change?

The Grave US Media Failure to Report On The Climate Change Disinformation Campaign

The Grave US Media Failure to Communicate About The Consistent Barrier That The United States Has Been To Finding A Global Solution to Climate Change.

 The US Media’s Grave Failure To Communicate The Significance of Understanding Climate Change as A Civilization Challenging Ethical Issue.

The US Media’s Grave Communication Failure On The Magnitude Of GHG Emissions Reductions Necessary To Prevent Dangerous Climate Change

In Praise and Criticism of the PBS Frontline Program, Climate of Doubt

Five Grave Communications Failures of the US Media On Climate Change-The Failure To Communicate The Strength of The Scientific Consensus     

Five Grave Communications Failures of The US Media On Climate Change 

The Crucial Missing Element in Media Coverage of the US Climate Change Debate: the Ethical Duty to Reduce GHG Emissions

Video

A video: Why Politicians May Not Rely On Their Own Uninformed Opinion On Climate Change Science.

A short video : Can The United States Justify Its Unwillingness to Reduce Its GHG Emissions on Economic Interest Alone?

A Video: Even Monkeys Get Climate Change Justice. Why Don’t Governments and the Press?

Five Grave Communications Failures of The US Media On Climate Change

An Ethical Analysis of Mitt Romney’s Climate Change Views-Part Two

An Ethical Analysis Of US Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney’s Views On Climate Change

The Ethical Abhorrence of the Climate Change Disinformation Campaign, Part 3

The Ethical Abhorrence of The Climate Change Disinformation Campaign, Part 2

Introduction to Climate Ethics, Video- Part Two

Introduction to Climate Ethics, Video Part One

Why The Climate Change Disinformation Campaign Is So Ethically Abhorrent

Why Climate Change Must Be Seen Essentially An Ethical Problem and What Practical Differences Follow From This.