Climate / Climate Equity Resources

This page is quite out of date. Also, it doesn’t include any of our own work. The truth is that we haven’t updated it for years, and that we considered replacing it with an “under construction” page while we do so. Instead, we’ve deleted all the really crufty stuff. So the items below are, we believe, still useful. Check back in a month or so.

Meanwhile, consider that what this page really ought to be is a global climate justice curriculum. We could do one if we only had the time. Or the money.

Climate Change Science: An Analysis of Some Key Questions

This notable 2001 report from the U.S. National Academy of Science really sticks it to the climate “skeptics.” Available online.

Great Transition: The Promise and Lure of the Times Ahead

The original elaboration of the scenarios we discuss in chapter 9 (Boston Center of the Stockholm Environment Institute and the Global Scenarios Group, 2002).

Green Politics and Poles Apart

The two volumes of CSE India’s long and excellent overview of global environmental negotiations. Green Politics contains a fine history and overview of the climate negotiations, which was updated in Poles Apart. To order, click here.

The Heat Is On

In many ways, this book by Ross Gelbspan (Addison-Wesley, 1997) is the classic treatment of climate politics in the United States, with lots of detail on the climate skeptics and their funding. See also Gelbspan’s Web site, heatisonline.

Who Owns the Sky

A book-length introduction by Peter Barnes (Island Press, 2001) to the Sky Trust proposal for an equity-based U.S. climate policy. And see our review.

“Equity and Greenhouse Gas Responsibility in Climate Policy”

This essay by P. Baer et al. (Science 289 (2000):2287) contains a short, sweet summary of the arguments for equal per capita rights. Downloadable here.

“Seeking Fair Weather: Ethics and the International Debate on Climate Change”

A classic academic treatment by Michael J. Grubb (International Affairs 71 (1995):463-96) of the ethics of various proposals for emissions reductions.

“International Justice and Global Warming”

For those of you with access to an academic library, this is an outstanding review by Matthew Paterson of equity issues from a political philosophy perspective. In The Ethical Dimensions of Global Change, ed. B. Holden (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2001), 181-201

“Subsistence Emissions and Luxury Emissions”

Henry Shue, a leading philosopher, examines a critical issue in climate justice. In Law and Policy 15 (1993):39-59.

“Equity, Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Global Common Resources”

A philosophical argument by Paul Baer for equal rights to global common resources. In Climate Change Policy: A Survey, eds. S. H. Schneider, A. Rosencranz, and J. Niles (Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 2002).