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Climate Change and Negative Duties

Brooks, Thom



Climate change and its harmful effects are widely accepted. A common approach is to argue along the lines of Mill's ‘harm principle’: if we contribute to climate change, then we are likewise responsible for harming others and we have a negative duty to reduce our carbon emissions. This article argues that a negative duty leads to a philosophical fork in the road which does not necessarily entail carbon emissions reductions. Arguments for such reductions require further supplementation to close off possible non-conservationist alternatives.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2012
Deposit Date Nov 16, 2012
Journal Politics
Print ISSN 0263-3957
Electronic ISSN 1467-9256
Publisher Political Studies Association
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 32
Issue 1
Pages 1-9
Keywords climate change, environment, global justice, harm, negative duties, positive duties
Public URL
Publisher URL 10.1111/j.1467-9256.2011.01419.x

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