How Harmful Are the Average American's Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

Ethics, Policy and Environment 14 (1):3-10 (2011)
It has sometimes been claimed (usually without evidence) that the harm caused by an individual's participation in a greenhouse-gas-intensive economy is negligible. Using data from several contemporary sources, this paper attempts to estimate the harm done by an average American. This estimate is crude, and further refinements are surely needed. But the upshot is that the average American is responsible, through his/her greenhouse gas emissions, for the suffering and/or deaths of one or two future people
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DOI 10.1080/21550085.2011.561584
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