Unisa Press

Durban’s Climate Gamble

Trading Carbon, Betting the Earth

Published: October 06, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-86888-685-2
Number of pages: 264
Prices: R 305.16 | $ 27 | £ 20 | € 22
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About the book

Durban, South Africa – a city of immense beauty but also a city with deep environmental scars caused by industrial giants and insensitive government. As the hosting city for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change conference – COP 17 – Durban will be at the centre of the world’s climate negotiations. This book takes the reader on a journey from Durban’s apartheid roots to its somewhat jaded present, passing cultural icons and political battles narrating socio-economic and environmental conflict and the invention of the city’s tradition of social protest.

All this creates a context from which the reader can interpret the city’s hosting of the COP 17, combined with the reflections of critical political ecologists, socialists, political economists, geographers and environmental activists on Durban’s political ecology, global climate policy and COP politics. In this context we can understand why the COP 17 represents a vast climate gamble: will carbon trading solve the Earth’s climate crisis?

The editor, Professor Patrick Bond, directs the University of KwaZulu- Natal Centre for Civil Society.