"The question of responsibility for climate change lies at the heart of debate over actions to address it. In 1992 the U.N. climate framework divided the world into two parts—developed countries, which had produced the greatest share of historic emissions were given the task of preventing dangerous greenhouse gas levels, and developing countries, which were given few duties. The world’s economy looks much different today, and the notion of “common but differentiated responsibilities” among states is being transformed.
But society can assign climate responsibilities in ways other than among nations. This symposium explores the conceptual territory of climate responsibility, and scientific, legal, ethical, and policy bases for assigning responsibility to countries and to other entities—from individuals to emitting industries to the fossil fuel companies at the base of the carbon supply chain whose responsibilities are now being actively debated in shareholder resolutions and calls for institutional divestment."
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