The Ethics of the Global Environment

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Edinburgh University Press, Jan 1, 1999 - Environmental ethics - 232 pages
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This book defends a cosmopolitan ethic, that of biocentric consequentialism, and applies it to a range of global environmental issues (e.g. resources, population, biodiversity loss) and policies (e.g.sustainable development, population policies, biodiversity preservation.) It also applies this ethic to global justice, international order, intergenerational equity, decision-making, models of agency and global citizenship. It thus supplies an ethical critique of current international environmental problems and negotiations, and the shape which international regimes will need in order to cope with global environmental problems.
  

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Contents

List of Abbreviations
1
Nature and the Global Environment
9
Global Ethics and Environmental Ethics
27
Trustees of the Planet
47
The Ethics of Extinction
62
Global Resources and Climate Change
78
Sustainable Development
98
Population and Poverty
120
Biodiversity and Preservation
133
Environmental Justice and World Order
155
Perspectives and Principles
174
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Robin Attfield is Professor of Philosophy at Cardiff University.

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