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Climate Justice in a Non-Ideal World

Clare Heyward and Dominic Roser


Climate change confronts humanity with a challenge it has never faced before. It combines issues of global justice and intergenerational justice on an unprecedented scale. In particular, it stands to adversely affect the global poor. So far, the global community has failed to reduce emissions to levels that are necessary to avoid unacceptable risks for the future. Nor are the burdens of emission reductions and of coping with climate impacts fairly shared. The shortcomings of both political and individual climate action thus seem like a paradigmatic case for non-ideal theory. Non-ideal theory c ... More

Keywords: climate change, justice, climate politics, non-ideal theory, compliance, unfavourable circumstances, action-guiding, institutions, second-best, feasibility, moral language

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198744047
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198744047.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Clare Heyward, editor
Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow, University of Warwick

Dominic Roser, editor
Research Fellow in the Oxford Martin Programme on Human Rights for Future Generations, University of Oxford

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