Climate Capitalism: Global Warming and the Transformation of the Global Economy

Climate Capitalism: Global Warming and the Transformation of the Global Economy

by Peter Newell, Matthew Paterson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521127289

ISBN-13: 9780521127288

Pub. Date: 06/30/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Confronting climate change is now understood as a problem of ‘decarbonising' the global economy: ending our dependence on carbon-based fossil fuels. This book explores whether such a transformation is underway, how it might be accelerated, and the complex politics of this process. Given the dominance of global capitalism and free-market ideologies,

Overview

Confronting climate change is now understood as a problem of ‘decarbonising' the global economy: ending our dependence on carbon-based fossil fuels. This book explores whether such a transformation is underway, how it might be accelerated, and the complex politics of this process. Given the dominance of global capitalism and free-market ideologies, decarbonisation is dependent on creating carbon markets and engaging powerful actors in the world of business and finance. Climate Capitalism assesses the huge political dilemmas this poses, and the need to challenge the entrenched power of many corporations, the culture of energy use, and global inequalities in energy consumption. Climate Capitalism is essential reading for anyone wanting to better understand the challenge we face. It will also inform a range of student courses in environmental studies, development studies, international relations, and business programmes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521127288
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/30/2010
Pages:
222
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgements xi

List of abbreviations xiii

1 Introducing climate capitalism 1

2 Histories of climate, histories of capitalism 11

3 Climate for business: from threat to opportunity 36

4 Mobilising the power of investors 60

5 Searching for flexibility, creating a market 78

6 Caps, trades and profits 94

7 Buying our way out of trouble 108

8 The limits of climate capitalism 129

9 Governing the carbon economy 141

10 What futures for climate capitalism? 161

Conclusions 182

Glossary 189

Index 199

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