[SydPhil] CAVE Seminar: Jeremy Moss (UNSW), "Historical Emissions and the Carbon Budget", 17 October, Macquarie

Centre for Agency, Values, and Ethics arts.cave at mq.edu.au
Thu Oct 5 10:44:20 AEDT 2017

Hi all,

You are invited to the next Macquarie University Research Centre for Agency, Values, and Ethics (CAVE) seminar, to be given by Prof. Jeremy Moss (Practical Justice Initiative, UNSW) on Tuesday 17 October. All welcome, no registration necessary.

Jeremy Moss, "Historical Emissions and the Carbon Budget"

Date: Tuesday 17 October

Time: 13:00 - 14:00

Venue: W3A 501 (Blackshield room), Macquarie University (Q15 on campus map<http://www.mq.edu.au/__data/assets/image/0010/183556/Campus-Map.png>)


This paper assesses the role of fault-based distributive principles in dividing the world's remaining carbon budget. Many philosophers dismiss or downgrade the role of fault-based principles in the context of historical emissions because the original emitters are often dead, excusably ignorant or do not have the appropriate obligation generating links to their governments. While this view has some intuitive force, the paper argues that it and the associated focus on pre-1990 (pre IPCC report) emissions are now out of date. The paper argues that a restricted fault-based principle, according to which emissions should be divided among countries on the basis of their emissions since 1990, is both viable and powerful. The paper considers standard objections to a fault-based principle in this context, how such a principle might more concretely be applied, and its likely implications.

About the speaker:

Jeremy Moss is Professor of Political Philosophy and Co-Director of the Practical Justice Initiative at University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. His main research interests are in political philosophy and applied philosophy. Current research interests include projects on: climate justice, the ethics of renewable energy as well as the ethical issues associated with fossil fuel exports. Recent publications include: Reassessing Egalitarianism, Climate Change and Justice (Cambridge University Press), and ‘The Morality of Divestment’ in Law and Policy.

All welcome!

Macquarie University Research Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics (CAVE)
Department of Philosophy
Macquarie University
Sydney, NSW 2109, Australia
CAVE website: mq.edu.au/cave<http://cave.mq.edu.au>

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