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ESEP 14:11-18 (2014)  -  DOI:

Human impact: the ethics of I=PAT

Paul R. Ehrlich*

Stanford University, Center for Conservation Biology, Stanford, California 94305, USA
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ABSTRACT: Global change, driven by increasing levels of human population, growing consumption by the rich, and poor choices of technologies and social arrangements to supply that consumption, have generated a suite of environmental problems that threaten civilization. This in turn has brought to the fore a daunting array of ethical issues that, sadly, are not being widely addressed. I sample some of these and discuss them in a way that hopefully will generate some of the needed discourse.

KEY WORDS: Population · Consumption · Affluence · Technology · Cultural evolution · Climate · Extinction

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Cite this article as: Ehrlich PR (2014) Human impact: the ethics of I=PAT. Ethics Sci Environ Polit 14:11-18.

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