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Main Title A perfect moral storm : the ethical tragedy of climate change /
Author Gardiner, Stephen Mark.
Publisher Oxford University Press,
Year Published 2011
OCLC Number 649927550
ISBN 9780195379440; 0195379446; 9780199985142; 0199985146
Subjects Environmental ethics. ; Global warming--Moral and ethical aspects. ; Climatic changes--Moral and ethical aspects. ; Environmental responsibility. ; human behaviour. ; value systems. ; Changement climatique. ; Ethique. ; Responsabilité. ; Aspects socio-conomiques. ; Ethik.--(DE-588)4015602-3 ; Klimaänderung.--(DE-588)4164199-1 ; Ethik.--(DE-588c)4015602-3 ; Klimaänderung.--(DE-588c)4164199-1 ; Växthuseffekten--etik och moral. ; Klimaèanderung.--(DE-588c)4164199-1
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ELBM  GE42.G37 2011 AWBERC Library/Cincinnati,OH 10/29/2012
Collation xvii, 489 pages ; 25 cm.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Notes
The global environmental tragedy -- My approach -- Introducing the perfect storm metaphor -- Climate change -- The wider relevance of the model -- Outline of the book -- pt. A. Overview. 1. A perfect moral storm : Why ethics? ; The global storm ; The intergenerational storm ; The theoretical storm ; The problem of moral corruption -- 2. The consumption tragedy : What's the point of game theory ; Motivating the models ; A green energy revolution? ; Consumption and happiness ; Conclusion -- pt. B. The global storm. 3. Somebody else's problem? : Past climate policy ; Somebody else's burden? ; Against optimism ; Conclusion -- 4. A shadowy and evolving tragedy : Climate prisoners? ; An evolving tragedy ; Beyond pessimism ; Lingering tragedy ; Climate policy in the shadows ; Conclusion -- pt. C. The intergenerational storm. 5. The tyranny of the contemporary : Problems with "generations" ; Intergenerational buck-passing ; Intergenerational buck-passing vs. the prisoner's dilemma ; The features of the pure intergenerational problem ; Applications and complications ; Mitigating factors ; Conclusion -- 6. An intergenerational arms race? : Abrupt climate change ; Three causes of political inertia ; Against undermining ; Conclusion -- pt. D. The theoretical storm. 7. A global test for contemporary political institutions and theories : The global test ; Scenarios ; A conjecture ; Theoretical vices ; An illustration: utilitarianism ; The status of the complaint ; Conclusion -- 8. Cost-benefit paralysis : Cost-benefit analysis in normal contexts ; CBA for climate change ; The presumption against discounting ; The basic economics of the discount rate ; Discounting the rich? ; Declining discount rates ; Two objectives to not discounting ; The "anything goes" argument ; Conclusion -- pt. E. Moral corruption : 9. Jane Austen vs. climate economics : Corruption ; The dubious dashwoods: initial parallels ; The opening assault on the status of the moral claim ; The assault on content ; Indirect attacks ; The moral of the story -- 10. Geoengineering in an atmosphere of evil : An idea that is changing the world ; Political inertia revisited ; Two preliminary arguments ; Arming the future ; Arm the present? ; Evolving shadows ; Underestimating evil ; An atmosphere of evil ; "But, should we do it?" -- pt. F. What now? : 11. Some initial ethics for the transition : An ethical framing ; The ethics of skepticism ; Past emissions ; Future emissions ; Responsibility ; Ideal theory ; Conclusion -- 12. The immediate future -- Appendix 1 : The population tragedy : Hardin's analysis ; Population as a tragedy of the commons ; Total environmental impact ; Conclusion -- Appendix 2 : Epistemic corruption and scientific uncertainty in Michael Crichton's State of fear : What the scientists know ; Certainty, guesswork, and the missing middle ; Conclusion. Climate change is arguably the great problem confronting humanity, but we have done little to head off this looming catastrophe. In this book, the author illuminates our dangerous inaction by placing the environmental crisis in an entirely new light, considering it as an "ethical" failure. He clarifies the moral situation, identifying the temptations (or "storms") that make us vulnerable to a certain kind of corruption.