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China's responsibility for climate changeEthics, fairness and environmental policy$
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Paul G. Harris

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847428134

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847428134.001.0001

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Evaluating ethical obligations across scales of governance

Evaluating ethical obligations across scales of governance

(p.122) (p.123) Six Evaluating ethical obligations across scales of governance
China's responsibility for climate change

Erich W. Schienke

Policy Press

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

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