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THE ATMOSPHERE BUSINESS

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. 

Table of Contents:
Editorial

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

Notes 

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 

Interview  

Critiquing carbon markets: A conversation 
Larry Lohmann and Steffen Böhm 
 
Articles  

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 
 
Reviews
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

 

Ephemera: http://www.ephemeraweb.org

 

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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

‘Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

 

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Socialism and Hope

INTERNATIONAL SOCIALIST REVIEW ISSUE 70 – NOW ONLINE

ISSUE 70:

March-April 2010

http://www.isreview.org/
 

Pirates of the Caribbean: How the U.S. is exploiting Haiti’s Tragedy

EDITORIAL

Letter from the editors

ANALYSIS IN BRIEF

Antonis Davanellos: European capitalism’s weakest link

PLUS: Michael Ratner on From Hebron to Yad Vashem, and Alan Bean on The persecution of Curtis Flowers

COLUMN

Phil Gasper • Critical Thinking 
Can we still stop environmental disaster?

FEATURES

Ashley Smith 
Haiti after the quake: Imperialism with a human face

Shaun Joseph 
Under the Eagle: U.S. imperialism in the Caribbean

Eric Ruder 
Egypt, Israel, and the U.S.: From Nasserism to collaboration

Heather Rogers 
The greening of capitalism

Amy Muldoon 
Animal, vegetable, movement? The politics of food

Anthony Arnove, David Zirin, and Howard Zinn 
Remembering Howard Zinn, 1922-2010 
Two tributes, plus Zinn on Eugene Debs and the idea of socialism

REVIEWS

Annie Zirin 
FDR’s New Deal and the fight for jobs 

Review of Nancy Rose: Put to Work: The WPA and Public Employment in the Great Depression …plus Chuck Stemke on the religious right; Lance Newman on The Ecological Revolution; Andy Coates on world health vs. the profit system; Alexander Billet on a new book a bout Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears; Michael Steven Smith on The Assassination of Fred Hampton; Jessica Hansen-Weaver on class violence in the U.S.; Michele Bollinger on twenty-five lies about Native Americans; Helen Scott on imperialism and literature; William Keach on science in the era of the romantic poets; Shaun Joseph on Slavoj Zizek

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Susan George

BREAKING OUT FROM CRISIS INTO A GREEN AND JUST WORLD

Susan George

‘THE GLOBALISATION LECTURES’
Organised by the Department of Development Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London
Convenor: Prof. Gilbert Achcar, 2009-2010

Wednesday 20 January, 6:30pm
SOAS, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Dr. Susan George is an internationally known scholar-activist and “alter-globalist”; the author of a dozen widely translated books; honorary president of ATTAC-France, an organisation that campaigns for international taxation and other alternatives to neoliberal globalisation. She is Board President of the Transnational Institute (TNI), an international fellowship of scholar-activists with headquarters in Amsterdam that carries out cutting-edge analysis on critical global issues, builds alliances with grassroots social movements and develops proposals for a more sustainable and just world.

Webpage: http://www.tni.org/users/susan-george

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Radiator

Radiator

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 3rd AUGUST 2009

 

OUR MANDATE: The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

To change your subscriptions settings, visit: http://listserv.oise.utoronto.ca/mailman/listinfo/csewbroadcast

For more information about CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

•   RESOURCE FROM CSEW – BEYOND PD DAYS: TEACHERS’ WORK AND LEARNING IN CANADA

•   GOOD GREEN JOBS FOR ALL CONFERENCE

•   CALL FOR PAPERS – CANADIAN JOURNAL OF FILM STUDIES / REVUE CANADIENNE D’ÉTUDES CINÉMATOGRAPHIQUES

•   THE CANADIAN CO-OPERATIVE HALL OF FAME IS NOW LIVE!

•   CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – OUR VOICE/NOTRE VOIX: VIEWPOINTS OF THE PSYCHIATRIZED / POINTS DE VUES DES PSYCHIATRISÉS

•   PROTECTING VULNERABLE WORKERS IN ONTARIO

•   THE RIGHT-WING PRESCRIPTION FOR ECONOMIC RECOVERY: LIONIZE THE RICH AND DEMONIZE THE POOR

•   WALL DECLARES WAR ON ORGANIZED LABOUR IN SASKATCHEWAN

•   FROM MERGER TO CIVIL WAR: MEASURING THE COST OF UNION INFIGHTING

•   ONTARIO TRILLIUM FOUNDATION TREND REPORTS

•   A ECONOMIC RECOVERY PLAN NEEDS VITAL AND HEALTHY NONPROFIT SECTOR

•   THE UNHEARD VOICES: COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS AND SERVICE LEARNING

•   BUILDING THE FUTURE WE WANT: FINDING OPPORTUNITY IN ADVERSITY

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RESOURCE FROM CSEW – BEYOND PD DAYS: TEACHERS’ WORK AND LEARNING IN CANADA

By R. Clark, F. Antonelli, D. Lacavera, D. W. Livingstone, K. Pollock, H. Smaller, J. Strachan, & P. Tarc

This book (and accompanying DVD, “No Two Alike”) encapsulates key findings from a decade of research into teacher work and formal and informal learning. It explores issues in teacher professional development, and provides practical suggestions. Using this book for supporting evidence and job-embedded strategies, PD planners can now go Beyond PD Days.

Ontario Teachers’ Federation, Toronto, 2007

Available from OTF by phone 416-966-3424 or 1-800-268-7061

GOOD GREEN JOBS FOR ALL CONFERENCE

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Allstream Building, CNE at the Princess Gate

Registration: 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Conference: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

The former Automotive Building, now Allstream, has been restored to LEEDS Silver standard and is easily accessible by public transit.

For more information, please contact the Good Jobs for All Coalition: http://www.goodjobsforall.ca or call one of these numbers:

Judy Persad 416-441-3663 ext. 224

Julius Deutsch 416-892-4380

Ana Fonseca 416-441-3663 ext. 221

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CALL FOR PAPERS – CANADIAN JOURNAL OF FILM STUDIES / REVUE CANADIENNE D’ÉTUDES CINÉMATOGRAPHIQUES

http://www.filmstudies.ca  email: cjfsedit@filmstudies.ca

The editors of CJFS/RCEC – Charles Acland (Communication Studies) and Catherine Russell (Cinema Studies) at Concordia University, Montreal – seek submissions of manuscripts in film and moving image studies for the following special topics issues:

* Film Publics Reconsidered

* Star Performance

* Expanded Screens

As always, we continue to seek high quality research for general topic issues. The CJFS/RCEC is Canada’s leading scholarly venue for moving image studies, refereed using a double-blind review process. We publish innovated research on all topics and formats related to moving image studies. We also regularly publish book reviews.

Complete guidelines for contributors can be found in each issue of the journal, as well as on our website at: http://www.filmstudies.ca  Send queries and manuscripts to cjfsedit@filmstudies.ca

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THE CANADIAN CO-OPERATIVE HALL OF FAME IS NOW LIVE!

Launched at the Canadian Co-operative Association’s 2009 National Congress as part of CCA’s 100th anniversary celebrations, the Hall of Fame honours the legacies and achievements of outstanding Canadian co-operators past and present.

Inductees into the Hall of Fame include all winners of CCA’s Canadian Co-operative Achievement Award and Global Co-operator Award, as well as 14 pioneers of the Canadian co-op movement, as nominated by co-operators and supporters across Canada.

Visit the Hall of Fame to learn about Canada’s greatest co-operators including Alphonse Desjardins, named history’s Greatest Canadian Co-operator in an on-line vote; Glen Tully, winner of the 2009 Canadian Co-operative Achievement Award and Olha Zawerucha Swyntuch, winner of the 2009 Global Co-operator Award.

The Canadian Co-operative Hall of Fame can be found at http://www.coopscanada.coop/public_html.hof

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – OUR VOICE / NOTRE VOIX: VIEWPOINTS OF THE PSYCHIATRIZED SINCE 1987 / POINTS DE VUES DES PSYCHIATRISÉS DEPUIS 1987

Our Voice/Notre Voix – Viewpoints of the Psychiatrized since 1987/Points de Vues des Psychiatrisés depuis 1987 calling for submissions for their 50th issue.

The theme is “Dare to Imagine: From Lunatics to Citizens”. They are accepting submissions of poems, opinions and articles and the call is open to all stakeholders. Honorariums provided to all who have their work published.

Deadline is September 30 at 4 pm.

For details email ovnvletters@nb.aibn.com. Visit http://www.ourvoice-notrevoix.com to learn more about the organization.    

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PROTECTING VULNERABLE WORKERS IN ONTARIO

Deena Ladd, co-ordinator of the Workers’ Action Centre, reports that the Ontario Ministry of Labour has just released a consultation paper addressing provincial protections needed on issues facing live-in caregivers and workers coming into Canada through the Temporary Foreign Workers Program. The information gathered from this consultation will form the basis for new legislation introduced later on this year.

To read more:  http://www.industrymailout.com/Industry/LandingPage.aspx?id=412853&lm=20377760&q=138135738&qz=0fca39212d4c8e01b58be5b10647f9f2

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THE RIGHT-WING PRESCRIPTION FOR ECONOMIC RECOVERY: LIONIZE THE RICH AND DEMONIZE THE POOR

By Dylan Headley, AlterNet

Wing-nut commentary about the crisis blames the victims. As if things weren’t already bad enough.

To read more: http://www.alternet.org/media/141035/the_right-wing_prescription_for_economic_recovery%3A_lionize_the_rich_and_demonize_the_poor/

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WALL DECLARES WAR ON ORGANIZED LABOUR IN SASKATCHEWAN

By J.F. Conway, Bullet No. 239

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has had a cakewalk since defeating Lorne Calvert and the New Democratic Party (NDP) in the November 2007 provincial elections. After Calvert’s resignation and as the NDP went through a leadership contest, Wall enjoyed a period of easy living. You can call this a honeymoon for the new Saskatchewan Party government, or you can admit that the NDP in opposition has been singularly pathetic. There are just no fundamental ideological differences on the big economic issues, and that will be even more true now that Dwain Lingenfelter, the former deputy premier under Roy Romanow, has been anointed NDP leader.

Continue Reading: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/bullet239.html

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FROM MERGER TO CIVIL WAR: MEASURING THE COST OF UNION INFIGHTING

By Robert Hickey

In 2004, the clothing and textile union UNITE, merged with the hotel and gaming union, HERE. What began as the merger between two of North America’s most progressive and activist-oriented unions has disintegrated into a destructive civil war.

Fierce internal politics are not new to the labour movement. The tools of union democracy provide rank-and-file members with accountability from their leaders and a source of strength for their organization. However, a divided house of labour hurts unions and working people in general.

To read more: http://rabble.ca/news/2009/07/merger-civil-war-measuring-cost-union-infighting

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ONTARIO TRILLIUM FOUNDATION TREND REPORTS

In order to keep abreast of change and make healthy adaptive choices for your community and organization, non-profit organization leaders need to keep an ear to the ground and identify the latest trends, threats and opportunities. For readers working in Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation has provided a concise way to keep up with changes in your local community.

Your Community in Profile are a series of customized statistical reports on economic, social and demographic trends in Ontario. They put a face to Ontario communities and provide the most recent demographic data and analyses available about 16 regions in Ontario and the province as a whole.

Find them at: http://www.trilliumfoundation.org/Your_Community_in_Profile//english/index.html

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A ECONOMIC RECOVERY PLAN NEEDS VITAL AND HEALTHY NONPROFIT SECTOR

Economic recovery throughout the Greater Toronto Region requires the active engagement of all sectors, including the vital non-profit sector that delivers a variety of critical programs and services and provides a valuable boost in the form of jobs and other economic activity

The Greater Toronto Region Economic Summit held in May has released their economic recovery plan, Choosing Our Future, focused on the role of nonprofits in ensuring a vibrant economy.

To read more: http://wellesleyinstitute.com/greater-toronto-region-economic-recovery-plan-needs-vital-and-healthy-non-profit-sector

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THE UNHEARD VOICES: COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS AND SERVICE LEARNING

http://www.temple.edu/tempress/titles/2023_reg.html

This book is based on the work of a student seminar using a community-based research methodology. Its design (along with one of its chapters) is informed by community organization staff. Its content is based on interviews conducted by students to understand how community organization staff think about service-learning.

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SYMPOSIUM – BUILDING THE FUTURE WE WANT: FINDING OPPORTUNITY IN ADVERSITY

The symposium will bring together a broad range of individuals and organizations to explore the ways in which the current economic and social crisis may provide opportunities to rethink how government, the non-profit sector, and business can renew our social safety net for the 21st century.

Keynote speaker: Hon. Edward Broadbent, Former Leader, New Democratic Party of Canada, and Past Director, International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development

Speakers will include:

* John Cartwright, President, Toronto and York Region Labour Council

* Don Drummond, Senior Vice President & Chief Economist, TD Bank

* Marvyn Novick, Professor Emeritus, Ryerson University

* Ratna Omidvar, President, Maytree Foundation

* Armine Yalnizyan, Senior Economist, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Panels will include: Ending Poverty, Social Infrastructure, Good Jobs, Social Security, and Economic Stabilizers

Cost and further information: $50.00 (includes lunch and refreshments). More information and registration package to follow.

For more details visit: http://socialplanningtoronto.org/councilnews/building-the-future-we-want-finding-opportunity-in-adversity/

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Mountain Lake

Mountain Lake

COUNTER NATURES

An upcoming symposium in November 2009 at Uppsala University

“Counter Natures” is a major interdisciplinary symposium featuring papers by 30 researchers from 10 countries collectively representing more than a dozen academic disciplines. The symposium seeks to initiate a fruitful series of cross-disciplinary conversations that may help to suggest renewed or innovative theorizations of nature, the most abiding motif of art and literature and the most fundamental of scientific and philosophical concepts.

Confirmed keynote speakers include Lawrence Buell (Harvard
University), Ursula Heise (Stanford University), David Nye (University
of Southern Denmark, Odense) and Sverker Sörlin (KTH: The Royal
Institute of Technology).

Here’s a link to the official symposium website: http://www.cemus.uu.se/counternature

Steven Hartman
Research Fellow in American Literature
Department of English
Uppsala University
Box 527
751 20 Uppsala
Sweden
Tel.: +46-(0)18 471 12 61
Fax: +46-(0)18 471 12 29

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Feelbad Britain

FEELBAD BRITAIN DISCUSSIONS

London: Wednesday 6 May, 6.45-9pm Staff Café (Tower Building) London Metropolitan University, 166-220 Holloway Road, N7
Speakers: Pat Devine, Angela McRobbie, Kate Soper, Martin Jacques (discussant)  

Manchester: Wednesday 29 April 6-7.30pm Blackwell’s Bookshop, The Precinct Centre, Oxford Road, M13
Speakers: Pat Devine, Jules Townshend (discussant)

FEELBAD BRITAIN: HOW TO MAKE IT BETTER is edited by Pat Devine, Andrew Pearmain and David Purdy and published by Lawrence & Wishart, London.

The central thesis of Feelbad Britain is that after the decades of neoliberalism the institutions and social relations on which solidarity, trust and citizenship depend have been undermined. This has left contemporary British society in a troubled and dysfunctional state, without the cohesion or confidence needed if we are to escape from recession, combat climate change and restore faith in government.
The authors put forward a theoretical framework for understanding contemporary politics; and they consider what is to be done to revitalise the British left, challenge neoliberal hegemony, and develop a political project aimed at creating a greener, fairer, happier, more democratic and less divided Britain.

Contributors: The editors, plus Patrick Ainley, Martin Allen, David Beetham, Noel Castree, Angela McRobbie, Linda Patterson,  Michael Prior, Kate Soper

More information on the book at: http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/books/archive/feelbad_britain.html
More information on meetings: sally@lwbooks.co.uk

 

 

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