Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: Harnessing Farms and Forests in the Low-Carbon Economy: How to Create, Measure, and Verify Greenhouse Gas Offsets

Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: Harnessing Farms and Forests in the Low-Carbon Economy: How to Create, Measure, and Verify Greenhouse Gas Offsets

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Review: Harnessing Farms and Forests in the Low-Carbon Economy: How to Create, Measure, and Verify Greenhouse Gas Offsets Zach Willey and Bill Chameides (Eds.) Willey, Zach and Chameides, Bill (Eds.) Harnessing Farms and Forests in the Low-Carbon Economy: How to Create, Measure, and Verify Greenhouse Gas Offsets. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2007. 229pp. ISBN 9780822341680. US$60, paper.

This book opens up with an entirely new paradigm for the climate change debate. We have reached such a stage where we cannot give a welfare approach to environmentalism. It's no more an ethos that one should inculcate. It must become a way of life. In this post-industrial world, where commercialization has reached its heights, everything comes with a price tag. Thus, the idea of environmental concern needs a market. If risk can be manufactured (Ulrick Beck), it can very well be bought and sold.

Here carbon is taken as a commodity with a negative value that can be bought and sold, a characteristic feature of the post-industrial society, where commodities are intangible in nature -an economic system being run with the production and sale of such intangible commodities. This book is a detailed tale of an industry, the way it works, its workers, its target groups, and the services it provides. This book is a manual for setting up such an industry. The product to be sold and bought is carbon. This is a service providing industry. Service providers would be farmers and land owners, which marks the entry of the peasant community into the corporate sector, making them equal players in its bargaining power. In this age of outsourcing, carbon has become a commodity with a negative value. All those beautiful useful commodities in the modern age are accompanied with a by-product commodity, i.e. carbon. Civilization stands on the inevitable production of carbon, which must make an entry into the market as a commodity, a by-product commodity.

Since carbon has received the status of a commodity it has to find a market for itself (though it has a negative value). …

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