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Justice Considerations in Climate Research

Summary

Researchers, including Caroline Zimm and Keywan Riahi, address the complex justice questions arising from climate change and decarbonization in a recent article published in Nature Climate Change. The focus extends beyond greenhouse gas emissions rights and mitigation efforts to explore a broader space of justice considerations within scenario research. The lack of a consistent approach prompts the proposal of a conceptual justice framework grounded in philosophical theory, providing a holistic and multidimensional investigation of justice in climate mitigation scenarios literature. The authors emphasize the urgent need for changes in human activity to combat climate change, emphasizing justice implications. The proposed framework aims to clarify key concepts and terminology, fostering better communication among researchers and policymakers. As a proof of concept, the framework is applied to influential mitigation scenario research, offering insights into diverse justice considerations and advocating for a more explicit integration of justice in decarbonization efforts.

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