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Climate Change: Do We Know Enough for Policy Action?
|Title||Climate Change: Do We Know Enough for Policy Action?|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2006|
|Authors||Schneider, Stephen H.|
|Journal||Science & Engineering Ethics|
|Type of Article||Article|
|Keywords||"dangerous" climate change , Climate , Climate change , climate policy , CLIMATIC , CLIMATIC changes , Dangerous , EMPIRICAL , EMPIRICAL research , policy , POLICY sciences , RISK , RISK assessment , RISK management|
The author discusses how the climate change problem must be thought of in terms of risk, not certainty, and how it should be thought of in terms of a risk management problem. He calls upon scientists to look at possible outcomes and the probability of these outcomes coming to pass, and for policymakers to use this information to make value judgments about what is safe, what is dangerous, what is fair. He argues that the climate debate needs to be reframed away from absolute costs--or benefits--into relative delay times to achieve specific caps or to avoid crossing specific agreed "dangerous" climate change thresholds.
Schneider, Stephen H. 1; Email Address: shs@Standford.edu; Affiliation: 1: Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA; Source Info: Oct2006, Vol. 12 Issue 4, p607; Subject Term: CLIMATIC changes; Subject Term: RISK management; Subject Term: EMPIRICAL research; Subject Term: RISK assessment; Subject Term: POLICY sciences; Author-Supplied Keyword: "dangerous" climate change; Author-Supplied Keyword: climate change; Author-Supplied Keyword: climate policy; Author-Supplied Keyword: risk management; Number of Pages: 30p; Document Type: Article