Global Capitalism and Climate Change: The Need for an Alternative World System

Global Capitalism and Climate Change: The Need for an Alternative World System

by Hans A. Baer
     
 

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Many progressive scholars, particularly in the social sciences, have increasingly come to acknowledge that anthropogenic climate change constitutes yet another contradiction of global capitalism. This book constitutes an effort to develop a critical social science of climate change, one that posits its roots in global capitalism with its emphasis on profit-making, a

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Many progressive scholars, particularly in the social sciences, have increasingly come to acknowledge that anthropogenic climate change constitutes yet another contradiction of global capitalism. This book constitutes an effort to develop a critical social science of climate change, one that posits its roots in global capitalism with its emphasis on profit-making, a treadmill of production and consumption, heavy reliance on fossil fuels, and commitment to ongoing economic expansion. It explores the systemic changes necessary to create a more socially just and sustainable world system that would possibly start to move humanity toward a safer climate and discusses the role of a burgeoning climate movement in this effort.

Editorial Reviews

Ariel Salleh
This book should be read by every student and teacher, unionist and business leader, and grassroots activist and politician. Itwill convince even the most hardened climate denialist.Baer'svigorous transdisciplinary analysis of global warming spells out the science, amplifies our political options for the future, and makes it very clear that ‘green capitalism’ trading in credits for ‘hot air’ will certainly not be enough.
John Bellamy Foster
The virtue of Hans Baer's Global Capitalism and Climate Change is its realism—not the crackpot realism that is simply another form of denial, but the realist search for an alternative beyond today's capitalist climate catastrophe. In his concrete and relentless examination of the social aspects of the climate problem, Baer has few, if any, equals.
Climate & Capitalism
Global Capitalism and Climate Change is an impressive work of scholarship, which draws on the work of a huge array of ecological writers and theorists. But the book also includes a meticulous analysis of the climate justice movement, in Australia and globally. Baer says this movement must develop into a much stronger global force if we are to have any hope of overcoming capitalism and solving the climate crisis. Compared to most books published about climate change, Baer’s book is striking for its analytic rigour and its political commitment. It is easy to agree with Monthly Review editor John Bellamy Foster, who said of the book: ‘In his concrete and relentless examination of the social aspects of the climate problem, Baer has few, if any, equals.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780759121348
Publisher:
AltaMira Press
Publication date:
06/28/2012
Series:
Globalization and the Environment
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
366
File size:
839 KB

Meet the Author

Hans A. Baer is senior lecturer in the School of Social and Political Sciences and the Centre for Health and Society at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

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