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Author Byrne, John (professor.)

Title Climate shopping : putting the atmosphere up for sale / John Byrne, Leigh Glover
Published Fitzroy, Vic. : Australian Conservation Foundation, 2000


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 W'BOOL  363.7387 Byr/Csp  AVAILABLE
Description ii, 28 pages : illustrations ; 30 cm
regular print
Series Tela ; 5
Tela ; 5
Summary The atmosphere is being transformed from a commons, where it is available for all in perpetuity, to a commodity whose usefulness for storing waste is to be allocated and traded among nations. Three groups are playing major roles in the debate over this transformation: science, business, and governments. Their participation in and impact on these global negotiations to govern the sky is examined in an effort to explain the emerging consensus in favour of an atmospheric commodity system. An alternative approach relying on principles of social equity and ecological sustainability is then proposed as a means to reclaim our atmospheric commons. Environmental non-government organizations commonly emphasize principles such as those in our proposal. Some members of the scientific, business and governmental communities have also voiced support for a new policy direction. Our arguments are intended to support efforts in these sectors to conceive an alternative policy paradigm. Because our criticisms challenge current tendencies to rely primarily on economic instruments, such as tradeable emission permits, to address the climate change problem, some may construe our position as opposing market-oriented policies of any kind. This is not correct. Incentive-based policies such as emissions trading can play an important part in tackling the climate change problem, if they are employed in an international framework with clear commitments to sustainability and equity. Our objection to the current approach is that it lacks a commitment to sustainability commensurate with the finding of the United Nations sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which has established from scientific evidence the need for a 60% or greater reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, our concern is that the current approach has failed to consider the dilemmas of inequality, historically accompanying market regimes
Analysis Atmosphere
Climate change
Climatic shifts
Electronic resource
Emissions trading
Global data
Kyoto Protocol
Tradable emission permits
Notes "October 2000"
Jointly sponsored by: The Australian Conservation Foundation [and] Center for Energy and Environment Policy, University of Delaware
Bibliography Bibligraphy: pages 25-26
Notes Also available online via the World Wide Web
Tela no:5
Subject Climatic changes -- Economic aspects.
Emissions trading.
Global warming -- Economic aspects.
Greenhouse effect, Atmospheric -- Economic aspects.
Author Glover, Leigh.
Australian Conservation Foundation.
University of Delaware. Center for Energy and Environment Policy
ISBN 0858021390