Future generations and social justice
Most of the impacts of climate change will fall on future generations and the poor.
Equity and justice are therefore key issues underpinning international climate change policy. This programme explores the distributive consequences of climate change impacts and policies, both between and within generations. It also investigates the ethical foundations of economic models of climate policy.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA. Disagreements about the value of the utility discount rate—the rate at which our concern for the welfare of future people declines with their distance from us in time—are at the heart of the debate about the appropriate intensity of climate policy. read more »