Do global warming and climate change represent a serious threat to our welfare and environment?

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Abstract

The science underlying global warming, climate change, and the connections between these phenomena are reviewed. Projected future climate changes under various plausible scenarios of future human behavior are explored, as are the potential impacts of projected climate changes on society, ecosystems, and our environment. The economic, security, and ethical considerations relevant to determining the threat posed by climate change are subsequently assessed. The article then discusses the various means available for climate change mitigation, focusing on the relative strengths and weaknesses of various societal alternatives including geoengineering and transitioning to less carbon intensive energy sources. The article concludes with the author's views as to what steps might most profitably be taken to avert dangerous anthropogenic interference with Earth's climate, and the ramifications if such steps are not taken.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)193-230
Number of pages38
JournalSocial Philosophy and Policy
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy
  • Social Sciences(all)

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