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Climate change and optimum population

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It is often claimed that reducing population size would be advantageous for climate change mitigation, on the grounds that lower population would naturally correspond to lower emissions. This apparently obvious claim is in fact seriously misleading. Reducing population size would indeed, other suitable things being equal, reduce the emissions rate. But it is well recognised that the primary determinant of the eventual amount of climate change is not the emissions rate, but rather cumulative e...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1093/monist/ony021

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Philosophy Faculty
Oxford college:
Somerville College
Role:
Author
Publisher:
Oxford University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
Monist Journal website
Volume:
102
Issue:
1
Pages:
42–65
Publication date:
2018-12-20
Acceptance date:
2018-01-17
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EISSN:
2153-3601
ISSN:
0026-9662
Source identifiers:
824927
Language:
English
Pubs id:
pubs:824927
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uuid:41a48ede-f6bf-4d80-b7e7-e9273f02303b
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pubs:824927
Deposit date:
2018-02-16

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