The Morality and Policy of Negative Emissions
Description: The international community has committed itself to limiting global warming to well below 2ᴼC, possibly as low as 1.5ᴼC. But the vast majority of the scenarios that forecast how that might be done require the use of carbon dioxide removal technology. That technology has not yet been developed to a sufficient extent, and there might be bio-physical and economic limits to deployment on the scale forecasted. Alternatives would seem to include only 1) very deep emissions reductions, perhaps requiring economic austerity, risking global recession, and constraining poverty eradication projects in the developing world, 2) exceeding the 2ᴼC warming limit, or 3) the use of solar radiation management, which also remains underdeveloped. Should limiting warming to well below 2ᴼC with the aid of carbon dioxide removal technology be the primary focus of mitigation policy or should policy be redirected towards one of the alternatives? How should trade-offs be evaluated? What moral considerations should guide decision-making?
Climate Ethics and Economics Workshop: Frankfurt 2016
Call for Abstracts
This is a call for extended abstracts (500-1000 words) of papers that will be suitable for 30-minute presentations.
This workshop will be a chance to discuss new work in climate ethics and economics, and especially their intersection. The workshop will be held at Goethe-University in Frankfurt, Germany on March 3rd and 4th, 2016. A parallel workshop will be held at Duke University on the same days, which we plan to link with via videoconferencing for a section of the workshop. Those closer to Durham should submit their blinded abstracts to the Duke workshop using this link.
- A non-exhaustive list of potential topics follows:
- The ethical aspects of discounting future costs and benefits, including declining discount rates.
- Valuation of non-human nature, the continued existence of human civilization, or futures containing very different amounts of people in the context of climate change economics
- The relationship of, and compatibility between, non-consequentialist ethical approaches and economic analyses of climate change.
- The appropriate role of integrated assessment models (IAMs) and economic analysis generally in setting climate change policy.
Please submit blinded abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 1st, 2016. When submitting, please be aware we aim to have pre-circulation of papers by Feb 15th, 2017.
Feel free to circulate this call, which you download here.