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    Collapse, social tipping dynamics, and framing climate change
    (Sage, 2023) Steel, Daniel; Mintz-Woo, Kian; DesRoche, C. Tyler; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
    In this article, we claim that recent developments in climate science and renewable energy should prompt a reframing of debates surrounding climate change mitigation. Taken together, we argue that these developments suggest (1) global climate collapse in this century is a non-negligible risk, (2) mitigation offers substantial benefits to current generations, and (3) mitigation by some can generate social tipping dynamics that could ultimately make renewables cheaper than fossil fuels. We explain how these claims undermine familiar framings of climate change, wherein mitigation is understood as self-sacrifice that individuals and governments must be morally persuaded or incentivized to undertake.
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    Book review - Philosophical Foundations of Climate Policy, by Joseph Heath. Oxford University Press, 2021
    (Cambridge University Press, 2023) Mintz-Woo, Kian
    This review covers Joseph Heath's book: Philosophical Foundations of Climate Policy (Oxford University Press, 2021)
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    Climate winners should pay
    (Institute of Art and Ideas, 2023-05) Mintz-Woo, Kian; Leroux, Justin; Carlisle, Harry
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    The NET effect: negative emissions technologies and the need-efficiency trade-off
    (Cambridge University Press, 2023-02-22) Mintz-Woo, Kian
    When developing and deploying negative emissions technologies (NETs), little attention has been paid to where. On the one hand, one might develop NETs where they are likely to contribute most to global mitigation targets, contributing to a global climate solution. On the other hand, one might develop NETs where they can help support development on a regional basis, justified by regional demands. I defend these arguments and suggest that they reflect the values of efficiency and responding to need, respectively. To the extent that these values conflict, they introduce what I call the Need-Efficiency Trade-off Effect (‘NET Effect’).
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    Ostensive communication, market exchange, mindshaping, and elephants
    (Canbridge University Press, 2023-02-17) Ross, Don
    Heintz & Scott-Phillips's hypothesis that the topic range and type diversity of human expressive communication gains support from consilience with prior accounts of market exchange as fundamental to unique human niche construction, and of mindshaping as much more important than mindreading. The productivity of the idea is illustrated by the light it might shed on why elephants seem to engage in continuous social communication for little evident purpose.