Rationing: a fairer way to fight climate change?

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Date of Publication: February19

Year of Publication: 2023

Publication City: London, UK

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Online

Author(s): Nathan Wood, Rob Lawlor, Josie Freear

World War II-style rationing could be an effective way to reduce carbon emissions, according to new research.

In a paper published today in the journal ‘Ethics, Policy and Environment’, academics argue that rationing could help states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions rapidly and fairly.

Policymakers have considered other schemes to reduce emissions, including carbon taxes and personal carbon trading schemes, but the researchers say these favour the wealthy, who could buy the right to pollute if trading were allowed.

The authors argue that carbon rationing would instead allow people to receive an equitable portion of resources based on their needs, therefore sharing out the effort to protect the planet.

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