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Ethical Adaptation to Climate ChangeHuman Virtues of the Future$
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Allen Thompson and Jeremy Bendik-Keymer

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780262017534

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262017534.001.0001

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Introduction: Adapting Humanity

Introduction: Adapting Humanity

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Ethical Adaptation to Climate Change

Allen Thompson

Jeremy Bendik-Keymer

The MIT Press

Various human activities such as deforestation and burning fossil fuels for energy have significant impacts on global climate conditions. International efforts at climate change mitigation are inadequate, and consequently, serious attention has turned to issues of adaptation, the concept of which has become a source of significant debate in policy discussions, in terms of both its meaning and practical interpretation. This introduction explains how views of adaptation to climate change are committed to reflection and research on human flourishing, and also explains how the role of virtue in ecological restoration connects with adaptation and human flourishing under global climate change.

Keywords:   deforestation, fossil fuels, climate change, adaptation, virtue, ecological restoration, human flourishing

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