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Climate Change Seminar - Climate Change at the Frontiers of Ethics

Monday, February 8, 2016 at 3:35pm to 4:35pm

Plant Science Building, 233

Led by: Dale Jamieson (New York University)



Climate Change encompasses a range of ethical issues such as: abatement, adaptation, geoengineering, compensation, non-human nature, and participatory justice.  However, what makes climate change different, and why does it not immediately invoke harsher moral objections from humans?

Dr. Jamieson explores this topic with examples and insigts into how human thinking and way of life prevents us from having an extremely averse reaction to essentially being responsible for the lives and livelihoods of future generations, and how we might circumvent this thinking to overcome the ethical boundary that is climate change.


The 2016 Cornell University Climate Change Seminar meets Monday afternoons through May 9. This university-wide seminar provides important views on the critical issue of climate change, drawing from many perspectives and disciplines. Experts from both Cornell University and other universities will present an overview of the science of climate change and climate change models, the implications for agriculture, ecosystems, and food systems, and provide important economic, ethical, and policy insights on the issue.

The seminar is free and open to the Cornell and Ithaca Community at large, and will be videotaped and available via Webex.

Organized and sponsored by the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering, the Cornell Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture, and the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future

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Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, Sustainability



Dale Jamieson

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New York University

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