Cumulative Carbon and Just Allocation of the Global Carbon Commons
Pierrehumbert, R. T., Chicago Journal of International Law
Recent research has shown that the effect of human activities on climate can be characterised by a single statistic, called cumulative carbon. This statistic is the aggregate amount of carbon emitted in the form of carbon dioxide by activities such as fossil fuel burning and deforestation over the entire time such activities persist. In this paper, the concept is used to address the question of fair allocation of carbon emissions amongst nations or other emitting units. It is concluded that even if emissions prior to the year 2000 are left out of the accounting, North America would have a just obligation to cease emissions completely in thirteen years, even if the emissions …
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Publication information: Article title: Cumulative Carbon and Just Allocation of the Global Carbon Commons. Contributors: Pierrehumbert, R. T. - Author. Journal title: Chicago Journal of International Law. Volume: 13. Issue: 2 Publication date: Winter 2013. Page number: 527+. © University of Chicago Law School Winter 2009. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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