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Loss and Damage: Unavoidable Climate Harms by Dr. Kian Mintz-Woo
21 Nov 2022

Research Seminar

Slow-moving risks are often underrecognized and undertheorized. In this talk, I discuss advanced climatic risks, highlighting the difference between those that can be addressed through mitigation and adaptation and those for which it is too late to adapt, which are called losses and damages. These conceptual distinctions allow for novel claims about moral responsibility–both task- and blame-responsibility for losses and damages, since these climate harms have not yet occurred but can be expected to occur. This framework can be adapted for responsibility claims with respect to other slow-moving global catastrophic risks.

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