The atmosphere business

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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’.

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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