Climate change and the duties of the advantaged

Authors
Simon Caney
Oxford University
Abstract
Climate change poses grave threats to many people, including the most vulnerable. This prompts the question of who should bear the burden of combating ?dangerous? climate change. Many appeal to the Polluter Pays Principle. I argue that it should play an important role in any adequate analysis of the responsibility to combat climate change, but suggest that it suffers from three limitations and that it needs to be revised. I then consider the Ability to Pay Principle and consider four objections to this principle. I suggest that, when suitably modified, it can supplement the Polluter Pays Principle
Keywords climate change  justice  distributive justice  environmental ethics  historical responsibility  climate justice
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1080/13698230903326331
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 34,386
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Equality as a Moral Ideal.Harry Frankfurt - 1987 - Ethics 98 (1):21-43.
Cosmopolitan Justice, Responsibility, and Global Climate Change.Simon Caney - 2005 - Leiden Journal of International Law 18 (4):747-775.

View all 11 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Profiting From Poverty.Ole Koksvik & Gerhard Øverland - forthcoming - Canadian Journal of Philosophy:1-27.
Is There an Obligation to Reduce One’s Individual Carbon Footprint?Anne Schwenkenbecher - 2014 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 17 (2):168-188.
Two Kinds of Climate Justice: Avoiding Harm and Sharing Burdens.Simon Caney - 2013 - Journal of Political Philosophy 21 (4):125-149.
Should the Beneficiaries Pay?Robert Huseby - 2015 - Politics, Philosophy and Economics 14 (2):1470594-13506366.

View all 32 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

A Daoist Response to Climate Change.Chen Xia & Martin Schönfeld - 2011 - Journal of Global Ethics 7 (2):195 - 203.
Global Justice and Global Climate Change.Duane Windsor - 2009 - Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 20:23-34.
Climate Change and the Future: Discounting for Time, Wealth, and Risk.Simon Caney - 2009 - Journal of Social Philosophy 40 (2):163-186.
Justice and the Duties of the Advantaged: A Defence.Simon Caney - 2011 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 14 (4):543-552.
Climate Change and the Duties of the Disadvantaged: Reply to Caney.Carl Knight - 2011 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 14 (4):531-542.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2010-08-10

Total downloads
389 ( #9,129 of 2,266,873 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
31 ( #12,450 of 2,266,873 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature