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"Climate Matters: Ethics in a Warming World" by John Broome

Ethics & International Affairs, Volume 28.2 (Summer 2014)

June 12, 2014

"Climate Matters: Ethics in a Warming World" by John Broome

Climate Matters: Ethics in a Warming World, John Broome (New York: W. W. Norton, 2012), 210 pp., $23.95 cloth.

Review by Dale Jamieson

This is the inaugural volume in the Amnesty International Global Ethics Series, edited by Kwame Anthony Appiah. John Broome, the author of this volume, is a trained economist, distinguished philosopher, and a lead author of the 2014 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. He is very well suited to fulfill the mandate of the series, which is to "broaden the set of issues taken up by the human rights community." It is thus surprising that the book does not discuss human rights (or rights at all), nor locate itself in relation to much of the relevant literature. Nevertheless, this is an excellent book, displaying the author’s characteristic virtues of clarity, concision, precision, and intellectual honesty.

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