Two Arguments Against Historical Responsibility for Climate Change

DEBATING CLIMATE LAW, Benoit Mayer and Alexander Zahar, eds., Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming 2021

20 Pages Posted: 28 Aug 2020

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Alexander Zahar

Southwest University of Political Science and Law

Date Written: August 23, 2020

Abstract

The paper argues, first, that there is a dearth of data on pre-1990 emissions, such that the assumption about historical emissions, on which the claim about historical responsibility depends, cannot be made out; and, second, that the countries in which the Industrial Revolution began committed no injustice; on the contrary, they invented modern economic development and spread it to the rest of the world. The paper is an extended version of the actual book chapter.

Keywords: climate change, historical responsibility, historical emissions, Industrial Revolution

Suggested Citation

Zahar, Alexander, Two Arguments Against Historical Responsibility for Climate Change (August 23, 2020). DEBATING CLIMATE LAW, Benoit Mayer and Alexander Zahar, eds., Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming 2021, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3679381

Alexander Zahar (Contact Author)

Southwest University of Political Science and Law ( email )

Chongqing
China

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