Evaluating ethical obligations across scales of governance

Erich W. Schienke

in China's responsibility for climate change

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9781847428134
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301844 | DOI:
Evaluating ethical obligations across scales of governance

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This chapter looks at the many ways in which ethical obligations related to climate change play out across various sectors inside China. It considers China's obligations according to eight ‘ethical dimensions’: responsibility for damages, atmospheric targets, allocation of emissions, uncertainty, economic costs, responsibility to act, technology, and procedural fairness. The chapter describes the ethics of ‘China's climate problem’ as a series of interrelated issues at multiple ‘scales of governance’. Although the nation of China may have a clear directive as to how much it needs to mitigate to reduce emissions, how to implement the distribution of mitigation efforts to regions with diverse geography and distribution of wealth is less clear.

Keywords: China; ethical dimensions; climate change; atmospheric targets; procedural fairness; reduce emissions; governance

Chapter.  9026 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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