Ethical Theory and Moral Practice

, Volume 20, Issue 4, pp 923–925 | Cite as

Stephen M. Gardiner and David A. Weisbach: Debating Climate Ethics

New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2016. Paperback (ISBN 978-0-19-999648-3) £16.99, 272 pp
  • Katla HeðinsdóttirEmail author

In the incisive and engaging volume Debating Climate Ethics, philosopher Stephen M. Gardiner and legal theorist David A. Weisbach agree about one thing: despite the severity and urgency of the climate change problem, global efforts to respond have been dangerously inadequate so far. Early signs of a changing climate are already evident in the shape of melting glaciers, rising sea-levels, and an increased frequency and intensity of heat waves, hurricanes, and other extreme weather events. While managing climate change has become one of the most important issues in international politics, climate action remains poor and inefficient. What we need is a decarbonisation of the global economy, and we need it soon. What Gardiner and Weisbach do not agree on, however, is whether ethics is a fruitful basis on which to construct a meaningful and effective climate policy. This is the topic of Debating Climate Ethics.

The book is divided into three parts. Gardiner argues in support of climate...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark

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