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Climate justice and ethics

Updated: Mon, 14 Oct 2013

Introduction

Rich industrialised countries, with their greater carbon dioxide emissions, carry much of the responsibility for causing climate change, but the burdens of climate impacts fall disproportionately on poorer, largely tropical countries. "Climate justice" movements and initiatives seek to deal with that imbalance in a variety of ways, including having richer countries help poorer ones adopt cleaner energy systems and adapt to the inevitable impacts of climate change.

Rich industrialised countries, with their greater carbon dioxide emissions, carry much of the responsibility for causing climate change, but the burdens of climate impacts fall disproportionately on poorer, largely tropical countries. "Climate justice" movements and initiatives seek to deal with that imbalance in a variety of ways, including having richer countries help poorer ones adopt cleaner energy systems and adapt to the inevitable impacts of climate change.