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Climate Scientists Spell Out Stark Danger And Immorality Of Inaction In New Leaked Report

August 29, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Climate Science Report

The message from climate scientists about our ongoing failure to cut carbon pollution: The catastrophic changes in climate that we are voluntarily choosing to impose on our children and grandchildren — and countless generations after them — cannot plausibly be undone for hundreds of years or more.[read more]

Science and Human Value

November 6, 2010 by Jonathan Smith

Writing for the Guardian, Donald Brown notes that how to respond to climate change is “an ethical issue, not only a scientific matter, because the consequences of delay could be so severe and the poorest people in the world as some of the most vulnerable.” Imagine a handsome, smiling, well-dressed person saying to you, “I don’t care if I...[read more]

Ten reasons why examining climate change policy through an ethical lens is a practical imperative

February 9, 2010 by Joseph Romm

Our guest blogger today is Donald A. Brown, Associate Professor for environmental ethics, science, and law at Penn State.  He blogs at ClimateEthics (a Time magazine Top 15 pick). If ethical and justice arguments about why climate change policies are necessary are taken off the table in the climate change debate, it is like a...[read more]

Ice and Fire

September 2, 2009 by Michael Tobis

Perhaps the most fraught ethical question in the whole sustainability universe is our obligation to the deep future. Specifically, the question of whether, if we could obtain substantial certainty that our present actions would have significant consequences in the deep future, whether we have any obligation to prevent such an outcome.As...[read more]

The most crucial missing element in U.S. media coverage of climate change: The ethical duty to reduce GHG emissions

August 14, 2009 by Joseph Romm

Okay, maybe the most crucial missing element in US media coverage of climate change is an actual understanding of the dire nature of the issue or maybe the still unjustifiable “balance” whereby the other “side” is treated as serious sources, rather than as long-wrong disinformers or maybe how they are blowing the economics issue (see...[read more]

The ethics of climate action

May 21, 2008 by CliffFigallo
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An article by Andy Revkin on DotEarth pointed me to this post on the Climate Ethics blog where Donald A. Brown of the University of Pennsylvania argues that it is our ethical duty to take action “to reduce the threat of climate change even if one assumes there is more scientific uncertainty about the causes and impacts of climate change...[read more]

Can the software industry close the CSR ratings gap?

September 16, 2007 by James Farrar

Last week the socially responsible investment community equivalent of the Oscars – the annual review of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) was unveiled and for the first time SAP has taken the lead in CSR performance for the software sector. It’s certainly a cause for celebration but maybe it’s more an occasion for Sekt...[read more]