It brings together a range of disciplinary insights on the question of what might be new about the carbon economy in terms of the way it is constituted, the practices of governance it has generated and the effects it has given rise to in social, political and ecological terms. From local case studies of attempts to enrol forests in carbon markets, to attempts to create regional emissions trading schemes and global offset mechanisms, the book covers the full range of elements of the carbon economy.
The New Carbon Economy will be of interest to students, academics and activists alike, engaged with, interested in, or critical of, the ′nature′ and politics of carbon markets as a response to the threat of climate change.
1 The New Carbon Economy: What s New?
Emily Boyd, Maxwell Boykoff and Peter Newell 1
2 The Matter of Carbon: Understanding the Materiality of tCO2e in Carbon Offsets
Adam G. Bumpus 13
3 Making Markets Out of Thin Air: A Case of Capital Involution
María Gutíerrez 41
4 Between Desire and Routine: Assembling Environment and Finance in Carbon Markets
Philippe Descheneau and Matthew Paterson 65
5 Ecological Modernisation and the Governance of Carbon: A Critical Analysis
Ian Bailey, Andy Gouldson and Peter Newell 85
6 Accounting for Carbon: The Role of Accounting Professional Organisations in Governing Climate Change
Heather Lovell and Donald MacKenzie 107
7 Realizing Carbon s Value: Discourse and Calculation in the Production of Carbon Forestry Offsets in Costa Rica
David M. Lansing 135
8 Resisting and Reconciling Big Wind: Middle Landscape Politics in the New American West
Roopali Phadke 159