Global inequalities and climate change

Authored by: Céline Guivarch , Nicolas Taconet

The Routledge Handbook of the Political Economy of the Environment

Print publication date:  October  2021
Online publication date:  October  2021

Print ISBN: 9780367410704
eBook ISBN: 9780367814533
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In this chapter, we synthesize recent works on the links between climate change and inequality to show how climate change impacts and mitigation affect inequalities, both between countries and between individuals. First, we analyze inequalities in exposure and vulnerability to climate change. Second, we study inequality in the contribution to greenhouse gas emissions between countries and individuals. Finally, we show how inequality can shed light on the fairness of actions to fight climate change.

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