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Below is a collection of articles on climate justice.

2 December 2019  |  Ethics and Exports

A message to the Climate Change Conference: cutting emissions is not enough

The latest round of UN climate negotiations - COP 25 - will begin in Madrid this week. The Conference will attempt to make progress on ramping measures to meet domestic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. But one thing that COP 25 is unlikely to make progress on is the constraint on the supply o...

carbon majors
10 October 2019  |  Carbon Majors

Carbon majors

The emissions produced from the fossil fuels extracted by Australia’s major gas, coal and oil producing companies – “carbon majors” – such as BHP, Glencore and Yancoal, are now larger than all Australia’s domestic emissions. While these companies, and Australia itself, have no legal r...

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9 October 2019  |  Do My Actions Make a Difference?

Climate Activism, Coalitions and Climate Justice

Climate change and how humanity addresses it, is the defining issue of our age. Put briefly, humanity is on a trajectory to destroy the habitability of our planet and to precipitate the largest mass extinction of species in the last 65 million years, including, perhaps, our own. Notwithstanding t...

16 September 2019  |  Do My Actions Make a Difference?

Reducing One’s Carbon Footprint

Rising global temperatures threaten an array of alarming consequences, from the eradication of animal and plant species due to habitat loss, through to millions of human deaths due to increasingly frequent natural disasters and the spread of disease (among other things). The ideal solution would alm...

16 September 2019  |  Just Transitions

The Relevance of Choice in a Just Transition

In 2015, nearly all countries agreed to limit the global average temperature rise to no more than 2°C compared to preindustrial levels. Attaining this goal will come at a cost to carbon-intensive industries—and this will have flow-on effects for others. To take one example, the closure of the Haz...

16 September 2019  |  Do My Actions Make a Difference?

A ‘Fair Share’ Approach to Individual Carbon Emissions

  A lot has been said about the moral obligations of states, sub-state actors (such as local governments), and industries to curb their carbon emissions. It might seem that this would entail a similar obligation for us, as individuals, to address our own personal emissions. But how might we ar...

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5 September 2019  |  Ethics and Exports

The Morality of Exports

With the exception of air and sea travel, most GHG emissions are produced by people within the territories of states, so when it comes to assigning responsibility for the climate harms to which emissions contribute, the task ought to be fairly simple: states should take responsibility for emissions ...

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5 September 2019  |  Ethics and Exports

Historical Emissions

The world is running out of time to reduce its levels of GHG emissions. Each year the world emits around 35 Gt of CO2. Avoiding the worst effects of climate change and keeping temperature rises to 2C means we are unable to continue emitting at such a rate; we have a limited time before exhausting...

broken piggy bank
5 September 2019  |  Ethics and Exports

Ethics and the Carbon Budget

If dangerous climate change is to be avoided, there is only a limited amount of GHG emissions that the world can emit. According to the IPCC, if we are to limit the rise in global temperatures to less than 2°C above pre-industrial levels, or the more ambitious 1.5°C goal, total global anthropogeni...

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27 August 2019  |  Just Transitions

The Psychological Appeal of Fossil Fuel Divestment

  Divestment from the fossil-fuel industry is on the rise. Worldwide it is estimated that approximately $3.4 trillion has been divested by 584 different institutions. These institutions have divested from companies involved in exploration, extraction, and production of fossil fuels. Is dives...

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