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

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

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Cambridge University Press

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

These are the ambitious questions addressed in this book. These are not just technical questions about whether the technologies or policies exist to confront these challenges. They are about questions of strategy, politics and power. How do we begin to assemble the alliances and coalitions that are necessary to transform the global economy? How do we get those with power to support efforts to fundamentally change the way we develop?

Climate Capitalism shows that new, interesting and surprising things are happening in the world of climate politics. 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 under way, 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 hugs political dilemmas this poses, and the need to challenge the entrenched power of many corporations, the culture of energy use and the inequalities in energy consumption across the globe.

Climate Capitalism is essential reading for anyone wanting to better understand the challenge we face. It will also inform a range of student course 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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