Justice and the politics of climate change

Authored by: Derek Bell

Routledge Handbook of Climate Change and Society

Print publication date:  July  2010
Online publication date:  July  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415544764
eBook ISBN: 9780203876213
Adobe ISBN: 9781135998509

10.4324/9780203876213.ch27

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Abstract

In 2007 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported that the evidence for ‘warming of the climate system is now unequivocal’ and that its causes were ‘very likely’ (with a probability of more than 90 per cent) due to human action which had increased greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. If ‘business as usual’ continued further, warming of between 1.7 and 6.4 degrees would be ‘likely’ by the end of the century with significant impacts upon ecosystems and on the health, welfare and indeed survival of millions of humans (IPCC 2007: 27, 30, 39, 45, 48; for a fuller description of the IPCC findings see Chapter 1, this volume).

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