By Declan Milling
It’s the end of the decade and the international response to climate change has defaulted to a piecemeal carbon market, which a new UN body is trying to make work.
But the carbon market is a new battleground in the war between militant anti-capitalist activists, aggressively opposed to markets, and the devotees, intent on protecting not only the status quo, but, especially, their economic interests in it.
Emil Pfeffer, the new body’s Director of Market Integrity, thinks he’s making a difference, but he hasn’t really left the comfort zone of his cocooned bureaucrat’s existence.
Emil is addressing C-World, the biggest carbon market conference and trade fair on the global circuit, when a questioner challenges the integrity of one of Emil’s own staff, allegedly arrested in Papua New Guinea.
Events half a world and, for Emil, an earlier lifetime away in the land of headhunters and cannibalism, are about to change everything. His cosseted, self-contained, somewhat self-satisfied world is about to be turned upside down by sorcery and murder.