CFP: Workshop on climate change; 22.3.2010, Uppsala

Call for papers

2nd Uppsala Forum Workshop on Climate Change Policy after Copenhagen: Politics, Policy and Ethics.

March 22, 2010

The workshop will be attended by Uppsala Forum visiting research fellows John Broome (White's Professor of Moral Philosophy, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford), and Edward Page (Associate Professor in Political Theory, Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick). Workshop conveners are Professor Folke Tersman (Department of Philosophy) and Dr Jörgen Ödalen (Department of Government).

Global climate change poses significant risks for human health, wealth and security. Although some regions will escape serious climate impacts, the net impact will almost certainly be adverse, with members of future generations and developing countries being worst affected. At the same time, a consensus has emerged in favour of a co-ordinated, international, response to implement effective policies of climatic mitigation and adaptation. Over hundred countries are now committed to the proposition that avoiding dangerous climate change requires the stabilisation, and later reduction, of greenhouse gases so that global temperature does not rise more than 2°C over its pre-industrial level.

This interdisciplinary workshop is organized around three broad themes which capture a number of issues critical to the emergence of a comprehensive, and stringent, climate regime: Politics, Policy and Ethics. We welcome submissions relating to these themes. Possible topics include; processes and outcomes of COP15; the North–South dialogue and central role of EU—US relations; the selection of instruments and mechanisms to meet the objective of avoiding dangerous climate change; the environmental effectiveness, cost efficiency, and political feasibility of alternative policy instruments; our responsibilities to the interests of future generations; the discounting of future lives; the procedural and distributive aspects of global climate policy, as well as questions of how the burdens of climate change mitigation and adaptation can be distributed in a fair and equitable manner.

If you are interested in giving a paper, please send an abstract of at most 200 words to jorgen.odalen(at) before January 29, 2010. Papers will be selected on the basis of these abstracts, and notices of acceptance will be sent out by February 5, 2010.

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