Climate Change, Carbon Trading and Civil Society PDF Print E-mail
| Wednesday, 17 December 2008


With climate change posing perhaps the gravest threat to humanity in coming decades, and with free market economics still hegemonic, it is little wonder so much effort has gone into creating a carbon market, no matter how much evidence has recently emerged about its flaws.

A revealing pilot site, South Africa has initiated carbon trading projects with adverse economic, environmental and social impacts. South Africa pollutes at a rate twenty times higher than even the United States, measured by CO2 emissions generated by each GDP dollar per person, so the idea of trading for carbon reductions is seductive – and potentially lucrative. Current state policy is supportive and a former environment minister is a market promoter, alongside the World Bank, the Dutch government and big oil companies.

'The most destructive effect of the carbon offset trade is that it allows us to believe we can carry on polluting. This crucially-needed book provides ample evidence of the trade’s other dangers to ‘beneficiaries’, with case studies of fraud, accounting tricks and maltreatment of people and the environment.'
George Monbiot, Guardian columnist and author of Heat

Climate_Change_book_cover.jpeg Authors: Bond, Patrick Editor Dada, Rehana Editor Erion, Graham Editor
Category: AFRICAN STUDIES Political Science & Theory ECONOMICS
Binding: Softcover
Soft Cover ISBN: 978 1 86914 123 3
Price: R180
Width: 165mm
Height: 240mm
Pages: 208

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