Thursday, May 17, 2007

Ethics and Climate Change: conference follow-up

Earlier in May, the University of Washington convened a what sounds like a stimulating conference on the Ethics of Climate Change. The conference homepage says: "Climate change is in many ways an ethical issue. Still, there has been little discussion of the ethics of climate change in academia or by the general public (especially relative to the science and policy dimensions). This conference aims to encourage and facilitate such a discussion. Accordingly, it will focus on topics such as the ethical responsibilities of scientists, obligations to future generations, and the intersection between climate change, global justice and human rights."

Abstracts of the papers look full of insights into pertinent issues. Several of the mainstays of Real Climate attended, and noted the issues and papers that struck them as particularly interesting.

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