The Ethical Implications of Sea-Level Rise Due to Climate Change [Abstract]

Ethics & International Affairs, Volume 24.3 (Fall 2010)

September 28, 2010

Ethics & International Affairs

Does humanity have a moral obligation toward the estimated millions of individuals who will be displaced from their homes over the course of this century primarily due to sea-level rise as the earth's climate warms? If there are indeed sound reasons for the world to act on their behalf, what form should these actions take?

This paper discusses the disproportionate accumulation, delayed effects, and asymmetrical impacts arising from the release of greenhouse gases, and advances ethical arguments concerning why and how the global community of nations can address the injustices caused by historic and continuing actions on these climate migrants and climate exiles.

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