iCons instructor and lecturer in the Department of Environmental Conservation at UMass Amherst, Jared Starr, and colleagues from Norwegian University of Science and Technology and UMass Amherst's Political Economy Research Institute and Department of Environmental Conservation have published a paper in Ecological Economics on inequality in carbon emissions and income.
The paper discusses the link between unsustainable environmental degradation and extreme economic inequality, which are two of humanity's most pressing challenges. Climate-altering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are disproportionately driven by consumption among wealthy and socially privileged groups, yet poorer and socially marginalized peoples face disproportionate climate harms. If climate policy does not account for such extreme emissions disparities, it will limit effectiveness, erode public support, and disproportionately harm economic and socially marginalized groups.
Read the full paper at Ecological Economics.