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Meeting the targets or re-imagining society?

Mabon, Leslie; Shackley, Simon


Leslie Mabon

Simon Shackley


Preston's (2011) challenge to the moral presumption against geoengineering is applied to carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) in Scotland, United Kingdom. Qualitative data is analysed to assess if and how Preston's arguments play out in practice. We argue that the concepts of 'lesser evil' and prioritising human well-being over non-interference in natural processes do bring different value positions together in support of CCS, but that not all people see short-term carbon abatement as the 'least worst' option or a suitable way to prioritise human well-being.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Aug 31, 2015
Journal Environmental values
Print ISSN 0963-2719
Electronic ISSN 1752-7015
Publisher White Horse Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 24
Issue 4
Pages 465-482
Institution Citation MABON, L. and SHACKLEY, S. 2015. Meeting the targets or re-imagining society? An empirical study into the ethical landscape of carbon dioxide capture and storage in Scotland. Environmental values [online], 24(4), pages 465-482. Available from:
Keywords Carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS); Climate change; Environmental ethics; Epistemic justice; Ethics of science and technology


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