After 1945, the dimensions of time and space characterising environmental issues changed. Spatially they widened from being local to becoming global. Temporally, there was increasing concern with the accommodation of a more distant future. Such issues increasingly attracted the cross-fertilising interest of economists and philosophers. In Britain, government moved from encouraging local authorities to tackle the problem of smog, through discussion of acid rain and on to commissioning the Stern Report on global climate change and the obligations of the present to the future. In addressing environmental problems of wider and longer reach, government confronted issues of free riding, social discounting and intergenerational justice.
- acid rain
- climate change