Edited by Steffen Böhm and Siddhartha Dabhi, Mayfly Books, £10
The failure of the Copenhagen climate talks to reach agreement on limiting emissions has angered millions of people. But this masks a far greater systemic problem with strategies to deal with climate change. Following intensive lobbying by a US delegation to the Kyoto conference in 1992, led by Al Gore, market mechanisms, particularly carbon trading, became the favoured method for reducing pollution. These schemes are now worth billions of dollars but have had very little impact.