chapter  2
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Counter-hegemonic networks and the transformation of global climate politics: rethinking movement-state relations

ByJackie Smith Reply by Ronaldo Munck

It hardly needs saying that recent years have seen new and dramatic evidence attesting to the reality of global warming and the severity of its impacts.1 This has helped alter dominant discourses about climate change and create new openings for radical challenges to the status quo. Even conservative institutions that have been major promoters of fossilfuel intensive development such as the World Bank and consultancy firm Price Waterhouse Cooper have recently put forth warnings that a failure to shift away from fossil fuel energy sources puts humanity ‘on a path to climate catastrophe’ (Leahy 2013).