CFP: Ethical underpinnings of climate economics

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Workshop: Ethical underpinnings of climate economics

Hosted by the Centre of Excellence in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences at the University of Helsinki, 11-13 November 2014

This workshop will bring together climate ethicists and economists to discuss the interrelation between climate ethics and economics. Proposals for papers dealing with any aspect of this relation are welcome.  In particular, the workshop aims to focus on (1) ethical assumptions underpinning the methodological choices of economics and (2) the ways that economics might accommodate those ethical considerations that seem to challenge the standard way of doing economics.

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JOB: Three PhD Positions in Ethics of Technology

The 3TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology in the Netherlands offers 3 PhD Positions in Ethics of Technology.

We are looking for three talented PhD students for projects in the areas of:

  • Ethics of Technology (various areas) (Eindhoven University of Technology)
  • Technology & Ethics (various areas) (Delft University of Technology)
  • Ethics of Emerging Medical Technologies (University of Twente)

 Application Deadline:  June 10th, 2014

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A Philosopher at the IPCC

John BroomeBy John Broome
email: john.broome@philosophy.ox.ac.uk 
White's Professor of Moral Philosophy and
Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford

John is a British ethicist and economist. 
His most recent book is Climate Matters: 
Ethics in a Warming World

Published May 20, 2014

Climate change is a moral problem. Each of us causes the emission of greenhouse gas, which spreads around the Earth. Some of it stays in the atmosphere for centuries. It causes harm to people who live far away and to members of future generations. Moreover, the harm we cause, taken together, is very great. As a result of climate change, people are losing their homes to storms and floods, they are losing their livelihoods as their farmland dries up, and they are losing even their lives as tropical diseases climb higher in the mountains of Africa. We should not cause harms like these to other people in order to make life better for ourselves.

It is chiefly for moral reasons that we inhabitants of rich countries should reduce our emissions. Doing so will benefit us—particularly the young among us—to an extent, but most of the benefit will come to the world’s poor and to future generations. Our main reason for working to limit climate change is our moral duty towards those people.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recognizes that climate change is a moral problem or, to use its cautious language, it raises ethical issues. The authors of the IPCC’s recent Fifth Assessment Report therefore included two moral philosophers. I am one of them. I recently returned from the Approval Session of IPCC’s Working Group 3 in Berlin. This was one of the most extraordinary experiences of my academic life.

When Did Earth Day Become So Irrelevant?

Today is Earth Day, April 22, 2014. Like most Earth Days these days, a few grey-haired environmentalists may take note of the event, celebrities will tweet meaningless platitudes like Daryl Hannah’s exhortation that we should all “love your mother,” and college students will have celebrations at their campuses emphasizing individual consumer choice and the pursuit of sustainability through better technology. When did Earth Day become so irrelevant? Continue reading

WORKSHOP – Uncertainty in Climate Change Research

Uncertainty is present in all phases of climate change research from the physical science (e.g., projections of future climate) to the impacts through to the effort to make decisions regarding mitigation and adaptation across different spatial scales. This theme will embrace all aspects of uncertainty in climate change research, providing a pedagogic whole for students, post docs, and early career scientists interested in any and all aspects of climate change. advanced study program Continue reading

JOB – NSF Posdoc, Earth and Environmental Systems Institute, Pennsylvania State

SCRIM

  • AOS: Environmental Philosophy, Epistemology, Applied Ethics
  • AOC: Open
  • Location: University Park, Pennsylvania, United States

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