‘What does it matter if the climate changes? This kind of question does not admit of a scientific answer. Natural science can tell us what some of its biophysical effects are likely to be; social scientists can estimate what consequences such effects could have for human lives and livelihoods. But how should we respond? The question is, at root, about how we think we should live—and different people have myriad different ideas about this. The distinctive task of ethics is to bring some clarity and order to these ideas…’
In the December issue of Nature: Climate Change I review the state-of-the-art of ethical approaches to climate change. For the article visit http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/v2/n12/full/nclimate1615.html or contact me.