Where the Trees are a Desert explores the links between pollution trading and monoculture eucalyptus plantations in Brazil. The publication is a collaboration between Carbon Trade Watch and our partners in Brazil, FASE-ES. Where the Trees are a Desert explores the issues from the perspective of people living and struggling with plantations on the ground. Nov 2003

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The Sky is Not the Limit gives an overview of the issues around pollution trading and introduces the main issues such as; environmental justice, NGO co-optation and privatisation of the atmosphere. Also explored is the history of the UN process and who the key players are in the emerging emissions markets. Jan 2003


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Ephemera May 2012: The atmosphere business PDF Print E-mail | Tuesday, 05 June 2012
ephemera: theory & politics in organization
volume 12, number 1/2

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

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.
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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 capitalism
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
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