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Political Theory and Global Climate Change$
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Steve Vanderheiden

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262220842

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262220842.001.0001

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Climate Change, Environmental Rights, and Emission Shares

Climate Change, Environmental Rights, and Emission Shares

(p.43) 3 Climate Change, Environmental Rights, and Emission Shares
Political Theory and Global Climate Change

Steve Vanderheiden

The MIT Press

This chapter considers the roles potentially played by three environmental rights for allocating national emission shares: the right to develop; the right to sustain a minimum level of per capita greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (termed “survival emissions”); and the right to achieve climatic stability. These three rights form the basis for a fair and effective global climate regime, and imply a specific allocation formula for the manner in which global emission shares are assigned to nations or peoples.

Keywords:   national emission shares, greenhouse gas emissions, climatic stability, global climate regime, global emission shares

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