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Martin Bunzl
Martin Bunzl is the author of Uncertainty and the Philosophy of Climate Change. He is a professor of philosophy at Rutgers University where he founded the Rutgers Initiative on Climate and Social Policy. You can find out more about his work at

Entries by Martin Bunzl

Why I reject the Precautionary Principle!

(1) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 4:07 PM

I reject the Precautionary Principle.

What are you nuts?!

Just to remind you (via Wikipedia): the precautionary principle or precautionary approach to risk management states that if an action or policy has a suspected risk of causing harm to the public or to the environment, in the absence of...

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Ulysses and the Hedge Trimmer

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2015 | 1:47 AM

I wrote this a few years ago for the Washington Post, but sadly, it is as timely as ever.

UPS delivered my hedge trimmer a few weeks ago. Actually, it is not just a hedge trimmer but has interchangeable heads so that it can trim grass, mow down brush and...

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Does Nature Have Rights?

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 7:23 PM

Writing about historical carbon output, like most philosophers, I worry about who has done what, who is owed and who owes, whether ignorance matters or not, and so on. But in all of this debate there is an embarrassing silence about "Nature." As we worry about what (if anything) the...

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In the Long Run, Who Is Ultimately Affected By Climate Change?

(72) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 2:44 PM

I keep reading papers about cognitive theories and climate change that strike me as, by and large, wildly optimistic about the lessons of behavioral economics, neuro-economics, as well as evolutionary psychology to provide a basis for changing people's behavior. "Wildly optimistic" because authors seem to me to be oversold on...

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Climate Change and Rights Talk

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 9:47 PM

Where does talk about rights get you? A climate talk I listened to last week began from a familiar starting point in arguing for the obligations of the Developed World to the rest: rights. Citing the Declaration of Human Rights, the claim was that humans have a right to life,...

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Historic Emissions and the Role of Ignorance

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 2:41 PM

You and I share a well. We both thought it would never run dry. I used a lot more water than you did. Now we discover it is going dry. We need to proceed with care, limiting our use. The well reaches an underground lake that is fed by springs....

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The Extinction Paradox

(3) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 10:59 AM

Suppose we damage the planet, as we certainly seem to be doing. It seems uncontroversial to say that in doing so we wrong future generations. But suppose we damage the planet so much that there are no future generations. Suppose our actions cause the demise of our species. Then whom...

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