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Human Rights and Global Climate Change (S. Caney)

Author(s)

Simon Caney

Keywords

human rights, fossil fuels, injustice, cosmopolitanism,  climate change, risk, uncertainty, protection, morality, time, temporal

Abstract

Is it possible and desirable to translate the basic principles underlying cosmopolitanism as a moral standard into effective global institutions. Will the ideals of inclusiveness and equal moral concern for all survive the marriage between cosmopolitanism and institutional power? What are the effects of such bureaucratisation of cosmopolitan ideals? This volume examines the strained relationship between cosmopolitanism as a moral standard and the legal institutions in which cosmopolitan norms and principles are to be implemented. Five areas of global concern are analysed: environmental protection, economic regulation, peace and security, the fight against international crimes and migration.

In this paper, the author argues that climate change jeopardizes a number of fundamental human rights.

Citation

Simon Caney, ‘Human Rights and Global Climate Change’ in: Ronald Pierik and Wouter Werner eds., Cosmopolitanism in Context: Perspectives from International Law and Political Theory (Cambridge University Press, 2010)

Paper

‘Human Rights and Global Climate Change’ in Cosmopolitanism in Context: Perspectives from International Law and Political Theory

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Arctic Doom, Arctic Boom The Geopolitics of Climate Change in the Arctic (B.S. Zellen)

Author

Barry Scott Zellen

Keywords

Arctic, North Pole, commercial interests, commercial development, enterprise, environment, environmental disasters, uncertainty, Arctic biota, indigenous peoples

Abstract

The ongoing, accelerating Arctic thaw is recalibrating the ecosphere around the North Pole at an ever-increasing rate. With the Northwest and Northeast Passages simultaneously opening up in 2008 for the first time in history, it is also making the region much more accessible to commercial interests. Can a balance between enterprise and the environment be struck in the Arctic?

A growing number of scientists estimate that there will be no summer ice in the Arctic by as soon as 2013. Are we approaching the “End of the Arctic ?” as journalist Ed Struzik asked in 1992, or fully entering the “Age of the Arctic ,” as Arctic expert Oran Young predicted in 1986? Arctic Doom, Arctic Boom: The Geopolitics of Climate Change in the Arctic looks at the uncertainty at the top of the world as the shrinking of the polar ice cap opens up new sea lanes and the vast hydrocarbon riches of the Arctic seafloor to commercial development and creates environmental disasters for Arctic biota and indigenous peoples.

Arctic Doom, Arctic Boom explores the geopolitics of the Arctic from a historical as well as a contemporary perspective, showing how the warming of the Earth is transforming our very conception of the Arctic . In addition to addressing economic and environmental issues, the book also considers the vital strategic role of the region in our nation’s defenses.

Citation

Barry Scott Zellen, Arctic Doom, Arctic Boom The Geopolitics of Climate Change in the Arctic ( Praeger , USA 2009)

Book

Arctic Doom, Arctic Boom: The Geopolitics of Climate Change in the Arctic

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