Carbon Metrics

Global abstractions and ecological epistemicide
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Just in time for the current UNFCCC COP in Morocco (7-18 November), we are publishing the second edition of "Carbon Metrics". The revised edition takes last year's Paris Agreement into account and also looks at the impacts of new technologies such as carbon capture and storage.

The environmental crisis is real, urgent, and of global reach and significance. Climate change is framed as the largest threat. But this threat is seen almost exclusively as a problem of too much CO2 emissions. Is climate change more important and more urgent than the loss of biodiversity, the degradation of arable soils, or the depletion of fresh water? Can any of these phenomena even be considered in isolation from each other?

This paper argues that the way we describe and frame a problem very much predetermines the kinds of solutions and answers we seek, e.g. carbon-centric mode creates and even destroys knowledge at the same time. The authors of this essay invite the readers to take a step back and brush climate policy against the nap.

With an introductory preface by Wolfgang Sachs.


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Date of Publication
October 2015
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Table of contents


  1. Calories and temperature
  2. Carbon accounting
  3. Economic growth accounting
  4. Increasing visibility and invisibility at the same time
  5. Decarbonization?
  6. Metric mindset, capitalism and epistemicide

Concluding remarks


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