Justice considerations in climate research

Zimm, C. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5603-1015, Mintz-Woo, K. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9216-9561, Brutschin, E. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7040-3057, Hanger-Kopp, S., Hoffmann, R., Kikstra, J.S. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9405-1228, Kuhn, M., Min, J. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0020-1174, et al. (2024). Justice considerations in climate research. Nature Climate Change 14 22-30. 10.1038/s41558-023-01869-0.

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Climate change and decarbonization raise complex justice questions that researchers and policymakers must address. The distributions of greenhouse gas emissions rights and mitigation efforts have dominated justice discourses within scenario research, an integrative element of the IPCC. However, the space of justice considerations is much larger. At present, there is no consistent approach to comprehensively incorporate and examine justice considerations. Here we propose a conceptual framework grounded in philosophical theory for this purpose. We apply this framework to climate mitigation scenarios literature as proof of concept, enabling a more holistic and multidimensional investigation of justice. We identify areas of future research, including new metrics of service provisioning essential for human well-being.

Item Type: Article
Research Programs: Energy, Climate, and Environment (ECE)
Energy, Climate, and Environment (ECE) > Integrated Assessment and Climate Change (IACC)
Energy, Climate, and Environment (ECE) > Sustainable Service Systems (S3)
Energy, Climate, and Environment (ECE) > Transformative Institutional and Social Solutions (TISS)
Economic Frontiers (EF)
Population and Just Societies (POPJUS)
Population and Just Societies (POPJUS) > Equity and Justice (EQU)
Population and Just Societies (POPJUS) > Migration and Sustainable Development (MIG)
Depositing User: Michaela Rossini
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2024 10:25
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2024 03:00
URI: https://pure.iiasa.ac.at/19391

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