A Survey of Global Climate Justice: From Negotiation Stances to Moral Stakes and Back

Abstract : Climate change poses immense problems of intergenerational, intragenerational and international justice. This critical survey describes the intellectual landscape of global climate justice, and clarifies the challenges, positions, arguments and theoretical background of this concept. To do so, we review how equity is mobilised in the climate change economics literature and confront arguments about justice used within or at the periphery of climate negotiations with those of moral and political philosophers. We present the stances of States, NGOs and experts. We discuss the principles of justice underpinning the fair sharing of a carbon budget and their moral justifications. We examine the concepts of climate damage and of responsibility and highlight the hurdles to make way for historical emissions in climate * This survey owes a lot to the research of Olivier Godard on the topic of climate Pottier et al. justice. We conclude on some implications of the Paris Agreement for climate justice and the way forward.
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Antonin Pottier, Aurélie Méjean, Olivier Godard, Jean-Charles Hourcade. A Survey of Global Climate Justice: From Negotiation Stances to Moral Stakes and Back. International Review of Environmental and Resource Economics, 2017, 11 (1), pp.1 - 53. ⟨10.1561/101.00000090⟩. ⟨hal-01634631⟩

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