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Corpus Fellow Named Lead Author for the IPCC

Professor John Broome
, White's Professor of Moral Philosophy and Fellow of Corpus, has accepted an invitation to serve as a Lead Author for Working Group III of the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report.

Professor Broome explained: "The task of the IPCC's Working Group III is to consider how the threat of climate change can be mitigated by reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. A large part of the Group's work will be to evaluate the various options that are available for mitigation. Inevitably its methods are strongly influenced by economics, and particularly by cost-benefit analysis. These methods are ultimately founded on ethics, because judgements of value are ultimately ethical. Moreover they raise difficult ethical issues. For example, climate change will kill many people, through famines and floods, diseases, heat waves and increased poverty. We have to judge what damage to our own quality of life we should accept in order to reduce the number of those deaths. That is one question for philosophical ethics, and there are others too. I am delighted that the IPCC has now recognized the need for a contribution from moral philosophy."

Further details about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change can be found on the Panel's website.

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