The Ethical Challenges in the Context of Climate Loss and Damage

Wallimann-Helmer, I., Meyer, L., Mintz-Woo, K. ORCID:, Schinko, T. ORCID:, & Serdeczny, O. (2018). The Ethical Challenges in the Context of Climate Loss and Damage. In: Loss and Damage from Climate Change. Eds. Mechler, R. ORCID:, Bouwer, L., Schinko, T. ORCID:, Surminski, S., & Linnerooth-Bayer, J., pp. 39-62 Cham, Switzerland: Springer. ISBN 978-3-319-72025-8 10.1007/978-3-319-72026-5_2.

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This chapter lays out what we take to be the main types of justice and ethical challenges concerning those adverse effects of climate change leading to climate-related Loss and Damage (L&D). We argue that it is essential to clearly differentiate between the challenges concerning mitigation and adaptation and those ethical issues exclusively relevant for L&D in order to address the ethical aspects pertaining to L&D in international climate policy. First, we show that depending on how mitigation and adaptation are distinguished from L&D, the primary focus of policy measures and their ethical implications will vary. Second, we distinguish between a distributive justice framework and a compensatory justice scheme for delivering L&D measures. Third, in order to understand the differentiated remedial responsibilities concerning L&D, we categorise the measures and policy approaches available. Fourth, depending on the kind of L&D and which remedies are possible, we explain the difference between remedial and outcome responsibilities of different actors.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Loss and Damage; Justice; Responsibility; Compensation; Liability; Distributive justice; Compensatory justice; Ethics
Research Programs: Risk & Resilience (RISK)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2018 10:17
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2021 05:00

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