Climate Change: Evidence of Human Causes and Arguments for Emissions Reduction

TitleClimate Change: Evidence of Human Causes and Arguments for Emissions Reduction
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsBaum, SD, Haqq-Misra, JD, Karmosky, C
JournalScience and Engineering Ethics
Volume18
Issue2
Pagination393 - 410
Date Published6/2012
ISSN Number14715546
KeywordsClimate , ECONOMICS , ENGINEERING , ENVIRONMENTAL ethics , ENVIRONMENTAL policy , Environmental Sciences , Skepticism , Transdisciplinarity , Uncertainty
AbstractIn a recent editorial, Raymond Spier expresses skepticism over claims that climate change is driven by human actions and that humanity should act to avoid climate change. This paper responds to this skepticism as part of a broader review of the science and ethics of climate change. While much remains uncertain about the climate, research indicates that observed temperature increases are human-driven. Although opinions vary regarding what should be done, prominent arguments against action are based on dubious factual and ethical positions. Thus, the skepticisms in the recent editorial are unwarranted. This does not diminish the general merits of skeptical intellectual inquiry.
DOI10.1007/s11948-011-9270-6
Short TitleSci Eng Ethics
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