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Title: Reconciling justice and attribution research to advance climate policy

Abstract

The Paris Climate Agreement is an important step for international climate policy, but the compensation for negative effects of climate change based on clear assignment of responsibilities remains highly debated. From both a policy and a science perspective, it is unclear how responsibilities should be defined and on what evidence base. We explore different normative principles of justice relevant to climate change impacts, and ask how different forms of causal evidence of impacts drawn from detection and attribution research could inform policy approaches in accordance with justice considerations. Here, we reveal a procedural injustice based on the imbalance of observations and knowledge of impacts between developed and developing countries. This type of injustice needs to be considered in policy negotiations and decisions, and efforts strengthened to reduce it.

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [3];  [4]
  1. Univ. of Zurich (Switzerland). Dept. of Geography
  2. Univ. of Zurich (Switzerland). Advanced Studies in Applied Ethics, Center for Ethics
  3. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
  4. Aix Marseille Univ., Aix-en-Provence (France)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Biological and Environmental Research (BER) (SC-23)
OSTI Identifier:
1492312
DOE Contract Number:  
AC02-05CH11231
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Nature Climate Change
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 6; Journal Issue: 10; Journal ID: ISSN 1758-678X
Publisher:
Nature Publishing Group
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

Citation Formats

Huggel, Christian, Wallimann-Helmer, Ivo, Stone, Dáithí, and Cramer, Wolfgang. Reconciling justice and attribution research to advance climate policy. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.1038/nclimate3104.
Huggel, Christian, Wallimann-Helmer, Ivo, Stone, Dáithí, & Cramer, Wolfgang. Reconciling justice and attribution research to advance climate policy. United States. doi:10.1038/nclimate3104.
Huggel, Christian, Wallimann-Helmer, Ivo, Stone, Dáithí, and Cramer, Wolfgang. Wed . "Reconciling justice and attribution research to advance climate policy". United States. doi:10.1038/nclimate3104.
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title = {Reconciling justice and attribution research to advance climate policy},
author = {Huggel, Christian and Wallimann-Helmer, Ivo and Stone, Dáithí and Cramer, Wolfgang},
abstractNote = {The Paris Climate Agreement is an important step for international climate policy, but the compensation for negative effects of climate change based on clear assignment of responsibilities remains highly debated. From both a policy and a science perspective, it is unclear how responsibilities should be defined and on what evidence base. We explore different normative principles of justice relevant to climate change impacts, and ask how different forms of causal evidence of impacts drawn from detection and attribution research could inform policy approaches in accordance with justice considerations. Here, we reveal a procedural injustice based on the imbalance of observations and knowledge of impacts between developed and developing countries. This type of injustice needs to be considered in policy negotiations and decisions, and efforts strengthened to reduce it.},
doi = {10.1038/nclimate3104},
journal = {Nature Climate Change},
issn = {1758-678X},
number = 10,
volume = 6,
place = {United States},
year = {2016},
month = {9}
}

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