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A Comprehensive Ethical Analysis of the Copenhagen Accord

Were the December 2009 Copenhagen climate change talks a disaster or a positive step forward? This article surveys both perspectives and then examines the Copenhagen Accord, the three-page political document hastily cobbled together by world leaders in Copenhagen's final two days. The conclusion: most nations failed to live up to their ethical obligations in approaching the negotiations and the driving forces behind the content of the Copenhagen Accord are based upon ethically problematic assumptions and premises.

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