Abstract

A common approach for addressing climate change is to reduce the cost of greenhouse gas mitigation through market-based mechanisms, which enable an economically efficient allocation of emissions. However, from a human development perspective, a market-based approach to emission allocation might not be appropriate, considering the value it places on social well-being. This research builds on previous empirical work to develop a framework for conceptualizing the relationship between carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and human development using the capability approach. The framework enables a critical examination of policy prescriptions that employ market-based methods for emission allocation due to their potential for unintended consequences for underdeveloped nations. Lastly, we offer a theoretical policy proposal aimed at preventing unintended human development consequences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalEnvironment Systems and Decisions
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

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environmental policy
global climate
market
greenhouse gas
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carbon dioxide
climate change
cost
allocation
policy

Keywords

  • Capability approach
  • Climate change
  • Climate policy
  • Development equity
  • Human development index

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)

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A development-based approach to global climate policy. / Clark, Susan Spierre; Seager, Thomas; Selinger, Evan.

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Clark, Susan Spierre ; Seager, Thomas ; Selinger, Evan. / A development-based approach to global climate policy. In: Environment Systems and Decisions. 2015 ; Vol. 35, No. 1.
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