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

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Cambridge University Press, May 27, 2010 - Business & Economics - 205 pages
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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.

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User Review  - Melissa - Goodreads

I read this for research paper, and while it was well-written,because it was published in 2011, the bulk of information in it was out-of-date. It did offer a wealth of information about the process of funding for projects and the flow of funding for alternate energy projects. Read full review


1 Introducing climate capitalism
2 Histories of climate histories of capitalism
3 Climate for business
4 Mobilising the power of investors
5 Searching for flexibility creating a market
6 Caps trades and profits
7 Buying our way out of trouble
8 The limits of climate capitalism
9 Governing the carbon economy
10 What futures for climate capitalism?

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Matthew Paterson is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Ottawa. He has been researching climate change politics since 1989. He wrote the first book in political science focused solely on climate politics, Global Warming and Global Politics (1996), which is still widely used as a key text to understanding climate change politics. His book Automobile Politics: Ecology and Cultural Political Economy (Cambridge University Press, 2007), has won the prestigious International Political Economy Book Prize.

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