Philosophers reinforce economists’ support for climate change mitigation

The value of climate change mitigation largely depends on the social discount rate, which has almost exclusively been influenced by economists. A survey of expert philosophers shows that, as a group, they support the same social discount rate as economists, resulting in the same mitigation policy, but for different ethical and practical reasons.

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Fig. 1: Comparison of philosopher and economist recommendations on the SDR and the implied global mean temperature change.


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This is a summary of: Nesje, F. et al. Philosophers and economists agree on climate policy paths but for different reasons. Nat. Clim. Change (2023).

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Philosophers reinforce economists’ support for climate change mitigation.
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