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New issue of ephemera on 'the atmosphere business' released

New issue of ephemera on 'the atmosphere business' released

The contributions collected in this special issue of ephemera question the underlying ideologies and assumptions of carbon markets, and bring to light many of the contradictions and antagonisms that are currently at the heart of ‘climate capitalism’. They offer a critical assessment of the political economy of carbon trading, and a detailed understanding of how these newly created markets are designed, how they (don’t) work, the various actors that are involved, and how these actors function together to create and contest the ‘atmosphere business’. In 5 notes, 6 articles, 1 interview and 3 book reviews, some of the most prominent critical voices in debates about the atmosphere business are brought together in this special issue.

Table of contents:


The atmosphere business
Steffen Böhm, Anna-Maria Murtola and Sverre Spoelstra


Privatising the atmosphere: A solution or dangerous con?
Mike Childs

Carbon markets after Durban
Oscar Reyes

A dark art: Field notes on carbon capture and storage policy
negotiations at COP17
Gökçe Günel

Durban’s conference of polluters, market failure and critic failure
Patrick Bond

The people’s climate summit in Cochabamba: A tragedy in three acts
Tadzio Mueller


Critiquing carbon markets: A conversation
Larry Lohmann and Steffen Böhm


Capitalizing on chaos: Climate change and disaster
Robert Fletcher

The prey of uncertainty: Climate change as opportunity
Jerome Whitington

Carbon classified? Unpacking heterogeneous relations inscribed into corporate carbon emissions
Ingmar Lippert

A colonial mechanism to enclose lands: A critical review of two REDD+-focused special issues
Joanna Cabello and Tamra Gilbertson

Mapping REDD in the Asia-Pacific: Governance, marketisation and contention
Rebecca Pearse

Planting trees through the Clean Development Mechanism: A critical assessment
Esteve Corbera and Charlotte Friedli


The ‘third way’ for climate action
Siddhartha Dabhi

Carbon trading in South Africa: Plus ça change?
Peter Newell

Can capitalism survive climate change?
David L. Levy