December 1, 2008

Who Should Shoulder the Burden? Global Climate Change and Common Ownership of the Earth

by Mathias Risse

- A common and intuitively plausible approach to thinking about the distributional questions that arise about global climate change is that the atmosphere is a "global sink" whose use is subject to regulation in terms of an equal-per-capita principle. This view, however, is plausible only if one thinks the earth as a whole belongs in some sense to humanity as such. This essay develops that standpoint of collective ownership of the earth and applies it to the aforementioned distributional questions.

Risse, M. (2008). "Who Should Shoulder the Burden? Global Climate Change and Common Ownership of the Earth." Harvard Kennedy School Working Paper RWP08-075, Nov 2008.