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The Carbon Footprint Wars: What Might Happen If We Retreat From Globalization?

By: Stuart Sim

Edinburgh University Press

Hardback | May 2009 | #178120 | ISBN-13: 9780748637669
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Climate change is acknowledged to be the major problem currently facing the human race, and the need to reduce our carbon footprint becomes ever more urgent as the scientific predictions of the effects of climate change become increasingly dire. Whether we are fully aware of the social and political consequences of striving for a significant reduction is more questionable.

The Carbon Footprint Wars identifies the many dangers inherent in the projected solutions - such as retreating from the spread of globalization, the current socio-economic paradigm for world trade. The war of words that is being waged over the appropriate way to deal with our collective carbon footprint has critical implications for us all. Stuart Sim examines the issues in detail, raising questions about the assumptions being made on both sides of the climate change divide. He argues that we must urgently address the problem of how to engineer the best possible trade-off between economic survival and ecological disaster - and he puts forward some radical suggestions about how we should set about doing so.


Acknowledgements; Preface; Part I: The Problems; 1. Introduction: The Carbon Footprint Wars: What is at Stake?; 2. Global Warming: The Evidence For; 3. Global Warming: The Arguments Against; 4. The Globalization Paradigm: Defenders and Detractors; Part II: The Solutions; 5. Reducing Our Carbon Footprint: Altering Lifestyles; 6. Living With Our Carbon Footprint: The Technological Response; Part III: The Consequences; 7. Worst-Case Scenarios: Economic; 8. Worst-Case Scenarios: Socio-Political; 9. Worst-Case Scenarios: Technological and Environmental; Part IV: Reassessing Global Priorities; 10. Reconstructing Geopolitical Relationships: The Ethical Dimension; 11. Reconstructing Geopolitical Narratives: A Radical Democratic Globe?; 12. Conclusion: Survival, Disaster, Trade-Off; Postscript; Notes; Bibliography.

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Stuart Sim is currently Visiting Professor in the Department of English and Creative Writing at Northumbria University and retired Professor of Critical Theory in the English Department at the University of Sunderland. His work, including eight of his books, has been translated into a total of 17 languages. With a background in critical theory, literary studies, and philosophy, Prof. Sim's work is interdisciplinary in nature and has consistently been commended by reviewers for its range as well as its accessibility. Prof. Sim was elected a Fellow of the English Association in 2002.

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