Adaptation, mitigation, and justice

Dale Jamieson

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


    In this chapter I claim that climate change poses important questions of global justice, both about mitigating the change that is now under way and about adapting to its consequences.11In discussions of climate change "mitigation" refers to policies or actions directed toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions; "adaptation" refers to how plants, animals, and humans respond to climate change (excluding, of course, their mitigation responses). The meaning of these terms is further elaborated later. I argue for a mixed policy of mitigation and adaptation, and defend one particular approach to mitigation. I also claim that those of us who are rich by global standards and benefit from excess emissions have strenuous duties in our roles as citizens, consumers, producers, and so on to reduce our emissions and to finance adaptation.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationPerspectives on Climate Change
    Subtitle of host publicationScience, Economics, Politics, Ethics
    PublisherJAI Press
    Number of pages32
    ISBN (Print)0762312718, 9780762312719
    StatePublished - 2005

    Publication series

    NameAdvances in the Economics of Environmental Resources
    ISSN (Print)1569-3740

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
    • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance


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