Thursday, September 27, 2012

Human rights framework should guide climate change policy

According to political philosopher Simon Caney,  the use of  the human rights framework to tackle challenging ethical questions can guide climate policy. Currently, climate change has become one of the largest problems facing humanity and whilst the
impacts are often framed in purely economic terms,  the challenging ethical  questions climate change raises are often overlooked. Questions such as what should be the goals of climate policy, who should bear the burdens of climate change and who should be included in decision-making about mitigation and adaptation strategies. In his view, the human rights framework is a valuable way of addressing these challenges and has clear practical implications for science, technology and innovation.

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