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Policy responses to rapid climate change: an epistemological critique of dominant approaches

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This paper reviews existing policy responses to rapid climate change and examines possible assumptions that underpin those responses. The analysis demonstrates that current policy responses to rapid climate change make unwarranted epistemological and ethical assumptions. Specifically, we argue that the assumptions about the possibility of predicting the climate system including tipping points linked to utilitarian ethical assumptions in the form of cost–benefit analysis are open to contestati...

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Institution:
Keele University
Department:
Research Institute of Law Politics and Justice
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University of Oxford
Department:
Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment
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Elsevier Publisher's website
Journal:
Global Environmental Change Journal website
Volume:
20
Issue:
1
Pages:
121-129
Publication date:
2010-02-01
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0959-3780
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English
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2010-11-25

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