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Our Rights and Obligations to Future Generations for the Environment (E. B. Weiss)

Author(s)

Edith Brown Weiss

Keywords

environmental destruction, desecration, natural resources, future generations, duties, obligations, inter-generational justice

Introduction

We read every day about the desecration of our environment and the mismanagement of our natural resources. We have always had the capacity to wreck the environment on a small or even regional scale. Centuries of irrigation without adequate drainage in ancient times converted large areas of the fertile Tigris-Euphrates valley into barren desert. What is new is that we now have the power to change our global environment irreversibly, with profoundly damaging effects on the robustness and integrity of the planet and the heritage that we pass to future generation.

Citation

(1990) 84 American Journal of International Law 198

Paper

Our Rights and Obligations to Future Generations for the Environment

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Climate change and the duties of the advantaged (S. Caney)

Author

Simon Caney (University of Oxford , UK )

Keywords

Climate change; duties; polluter pays principle; ability to pay principle

Abstract

Climate change poses grave threats to many people, including the most vulnerable. This prompts the question of who should bear the burden of combating ‘dangerous’ climate change. Many appeal to the Polluter Pays Principle. I argue that it should play an important role in any adequate analysis of the responsibility to combat climate change, but suggest that it suffers from three limitations and that it needs to be revised. I then consider the Ability to Pay Principle and consider four objections to this principle. I suggest that, when suitably modified, it can supplement the Polluter Pays Principle.

Citation

(2010) 13(1) Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 203-228

Paper

Climate change and the duties of the advantaged

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