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PODCAST: David VanWyk on platinum mining 1

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The Marikana Massacre in South Africa was followed by wide spread mining unrest, which is seen as a sign of a deeper crisis. David VanWyk does research for the Bench …

Open letter: To really address climate change UNFCCC-COP18 should decide to leave under the soil more than 2/3 of the fossil reserves

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By Bill McKibben, Nnimmo Bassey & Pablo Solon. 2012 saw the shocking melt of the Arctic, leading our greatest climatologist to declare a ‘planetary emergency,’ and it saw weather patterns wreck harvests …

Natural Water Body threatened by large mining company

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By Franz Fuls. Some eight kilometres East-Northeast of Delmas (South Africa), the Weltevreden pan is home to a myriad of water birds. But today, neither birds nor farmers who use the …

High speed train in Italy. The end of the tunnel?

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By Lucie Greyl. It will be almost 20 years since an entire Italian alpine valley started to resist against the development of a new high-speed train line between Lyon and Turin, …

NEW EJOLT REPORT: Mining from an environmental justice perspective

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While world population increased 72 percent between 1970 and 2004, extraction of construction materials grew by 106 percent. The total consumption and extraction increased for practically all mineral resources – …

Keaton Energy’s forced relocations in South Africa, apartheid style

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By Franz Fuls. “Like others, I also want to live with dignity” says Moses Mabela, an unemployed resident of Vanggatfontein, Delmas (South Africa). But that was apparently not included in the …


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Professor Jennifer Clapp (Waterloo University, Canada) is the external evaluator of the EJOLT project. She has recently finished the Evaluation Report for the first 18 months (April 2011 – September 2012). We publish …

Liberia: Uncertain futures. The impacts of Sime Darby on communities

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By Silas Kpanan’Ayoung Siakor. Liberia, a small West African country with a population of approximately 3.5 million people, has a predominantly agrarian economy, with high dependency on land and land based …

Environmental risk, health and justice: the protagonism of affected populations in the production of knowledge

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EJOLT collaborators Marcelo Firpo and Renan Finamore recently published an article entitled “Environmental risk, health and justice: the protagonism of affected populations in the production of knowledge” in a prestigious …

South African political economy after Marikana

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EJOLT collaborator Professor Patrick Bond explains the background to the shootings in Marikana where 34 mine workers were shot dead by the police on August 16 and another 270 were …

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