Paper: The Ethical Implications of Sea-Level Rise Due to Climate Change

Sujatha Byravan and Sudhir Chella Rajan of the Indian Institute of Technology Madras wrote a paper on the ethical implications of climate-induced sea-level rise in Ethics and International Affairs this month.

As author Sudhit Chella Rajan explains, “one of the main consequences of climate change will be rising seas, which will cause tens to hundreds of millions of people

to be flooded out of their homes in coastal areas and in many low-lying atoll nations, some of which will become untenable as states or entirely disappear. This paper discusses disproportionate accumulation, delayed effects and asymmetrical impacts of greenhouse gases to advance ethical arguments concerning why and how the global community of nations

should address the injustices caused by historic and continuing actions on climate migrants and climate exiles.”

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